November 20, 2018

Parleen Kaur will be competing against the world’s best in Bendigo. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

Australia is ready to tangle with the globe’s best junior table tennis players as the World Junior Table Tennis Championships heads Down Under. Bendigo, Victoria is set to host the tentpole junior tournament in the first time the annual event has come to Oceania since its inception in 2003. 

The  will be looking to improve on their 2017 performances in Italy where both the girls’ and boys’ team finished 18th overall. With the likes of China, Japan and Germany in the midst, the Aussies will be underdogs, but a home ground

Current National U18 Girls’ Singles Champion Parleen Kaur will spearhead Australia’s efforts in the girls’ events. The Victorian has been racking up international experience and will be looking to cash in when the World Junior Championships comes to her home turf. 

“I competed in Italy last year and it was a great experience,” says Parleen. “It was my first time at the event and it was fantastic to be playing against the world’s best. I will be looking to use the experience to improve on 2017’s performance, and the home ground advantage should help the team perform to their best.”

Along with Kaur the Girls Team is comprised of Michelle Wu, Rebekah Stanley and Danni-Elle Townsend. 

Meanwhile, Benjamin Gould will lead the charge for the boys’ team and will be one to watch. Gould recently competed at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and is currently ranked World No. 39 so has what it takes to mix things up with the powerhouse countries.  

Along with Gould, the Boys Team will also see Mateo Dvorani, Nicholas Lum, and Finn Luu taking the court. 

Don’t miss out on seeing the Aussies along with more than 150 athletes in action from the 2-9 December in Bendigo Stadium. Tickets are now available here.