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Australia Have High Hopes For New Players

Australia hopes their new players will be medal prospects in the Oceania Para Championships which starts tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena. Head coach Alois Rosario said his players know the
12 Apr 2017 11:58
Australia Have High Hopes For New Players

Australia hopes their new players will be medal prospects in the Oceania Para Championships which starts tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena.

Head coach Alois Rosario said his players know the big challenge ahead of them with competition coming from a huge Fijian contingent as well as players from other countries.

“It has been exciting coming into this Oceania Championships so the players have been really focused on trying to get their game up to the best level possible,” Rosario said.

“It’s been great because now we know there is a big team coming from Fiji and so the players are excited to be able to compete against the Fijian players and know that it is going to be a challenge.

“We are just focused on each player performing to their absolute best so there is lots of prospects there.

“We have some new players in the team this time and for them, it is really exciting just to see where they can get to in Oceania Para Table Tennis.

“They know that they are going to have a real tough road ahead competing with Fijians and athletes from other countries.

“We hope that one or two can win a medal so that is their main aim for this tournament.”

Rosario said: “It is exciting to see the growth of para table tennis in the Oceania region, it looks like we are going to have 55 players.

“The prospect of Fiji having the largest team is mind blowing and it is really good to see them having the biggest number.

“If you look back four years ago when we had that first Oceania championships, we were just hoping that one or two Fijian players could come.

“For the Australian players, it has given them another incentive to train harder, focus better and to try and move forward and try to get some qualification spots at the World Championships.”

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