March 13, 2018

Aussie Trent Carter has come back to table tennis like a boomerang. (Photo: ITTF World)

This week the 2018 ITTF-Oceania Championships will be welcoming back a familiar face. Australia’s Trent Carter will once again be in action. It’s a tournament the Aussie looks on fondly. Ten years ago in Tahiti, Carter surprised everyone to take the title. He was just nineteen years-old at the time.

“Winning the Oceania Championships was a crazy experience, so many emotions were flying through my head. To see my name along with the greats of the Oceania region as Oceania Champions is absolutely crazy, beyond my wildest dreams.” Trent Carter

The 2018 ITTF-Oceania Championships will be somewhat of a landmark event for Australian. Carter took some time off from the sport, two years ago made a return. Competing on the Gold Coast will send a clear message that the twenty eight year-old is back amongst the best of them.

“I never thought my level would come back to as high as it is currently, but I feel I still have improvement in me,” says Carter.

On the Gold Coast, the past champion won’t be in the top eight seeds, posing a serious risk for some of the best players. Nobody will want to see Carter’s name in their draw. Can he possibly win the title again, ten years since he first lifted the cup? His new appreciation for the sport may very well see him over the line.

“I have really enjoyed coming back to table tennis. I see the sport from a different perspective this time around. I am enjoying the friendships much more this time and it reflects with my results on the table.” Trent Carter

That team spirit will be kindled on the Gold Coast this week as he competes alongside his teammates for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The full lineup will be on the court at the ITTF-Oceania Championships as they look to find their feet for the Games. Carter has his eyes on the horizon at the prestigious event.

“To qualify for the Commonwealth Games was a dream come true,” says Carter. “To play in front of a home crowd, is going to bring the best out of my ability.”

Welcome back Carter. We’re sure your opponents didn’t miss you.