Australia has selected its representatives for the 2017 ITTF Oceania Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament after holding an Australian qualification event over the weekend.
Matilda Alexandersson and Michelle Wu have qualified in the girls, while Mateo Dvorani and Benjamin Gould have been selected in the boys.
Matilda Alexandersson dropped one of her opening matches, but the no.3 seed was happy to upset the odds after clinching the first spot up for grabs in the girls’ event.
“Playing this many seven game matches was very tough. It was challenging mentally to bounce back from my loss. But I knew what I had to do in the last match to qualify and I was happy that I could prevail.” Matilda Alexandersson
There was a lot on the line as to compete at the Youth Olympic Games is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“It’s a big opportunity to try qualify as athletes only get one chance to play at a Youth Olympic Games.” – Matilda Alexandersson
Meanwhile in the boys’ event, Mateo Dvorani edged his way towards a place as Oceania’s representative as he saved four match points in the playoff for first place.
“It was an unreal feeling to come out on top, especially after saving four match points. Hopefully I can do the same in Bendigo in a couple months time. To qualify for the Youth Olympics would be a dream come true.” – Mateo Dvorani
The ITTF Oceania Youth Olympic Games Qualification to take place in Bendigo, Australia on November 11-12. The winners there will qualify as Oceania’s representatives for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games which is to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18.