April 15, 2018

Celebrating a gold medal moment. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

When Melissa Tapper won gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games she was making history. The 3-1 win against Nigeria’s Faith Obazuaye in the final of the TT6-10 Women’s Singles will be engraved in the record books. In front of a home crowd Tapper had won Australia’s first gold medal in table tennis at a Commonwealth Games.

Tapper went in to the match as the clear favourite, but the Aussie new too well that once out on the court, being favourite means little.

“In sport, sometimes things don’t go your way. I’m really happy that I was able to get the gold medal, especially on home soil.” Melissa Tapper

In fact for a moment things looked a little shaky. Tapper dropped the opening game. In a best of five match any little slip-up can be lethal. But a stadium of green and gold supporters backed their player, and Tapper soon shook off the nerves to take the next three games in style.

“They have just been incredible in general. Whether you win or lose, they’re just happy to see you out there trying your best. That for me was the most amazing thing. We’ve never had that before.” Melissa Tapper

Winning a gold medal is every athletes dream; a home Commonwealth Games just made the occasion all the more special.

“It’s almost a once in a lifetime opportunity getting this environment and that sort of thrill and adrenaline. It definitely spurs me on to try and keep achieving a little bit more.” Melissa Tapper

Melissa Tapper took gold, while teammate Andrea McDonnell came away with bronze. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)