Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Table Tennis
Date of Birth
March 22, 1988
Carneige, VIC
Chemical engineer
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Timo Boll – German table tennis player

Career Highlights

Winning the 2015 Oceania Championships


Barak Mizrachi was born with cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body.

He was first introduced to table tennis by his father, who won the first match but never won another against Barak again. He then took up the sport through his high school and got involved with the Maccabi Club.

Barak’s father moved to Australia from Israel, and Barak was the first of his children to be born in Australia. He speaks Hebrew as well as English.

Barak first played competitive table tennis in 2001 and made his Australian debut in 2003, competing at the Maccabi Pan American Games – a multi sport tournament for Jewish competitors from around the world. He has gone on to represent Australia a number of times at the Maccabi Games.

Barak recalls playing for Australia for the first time in 2003 as a thrill – and never wanted to turn back from wearing the green and gold.

In 2015, Barak beat the favourite to win the Oceania Para-Table Tennis Championships, bringing his dream of competing in Rio one step closer. He also took home the award for best and fairest player from the event which was held in Bendigo, Victoria.

Also in 2015, Barak made history as the first athlete with a disability to be selected in the Australian table tennis team to compete at the Summer Universiade in Russia.

Outside of table tennis, Barak enjoys going to movies and lists the Castle as his favourite movie. He enjoys watching all sorts of sports and works as a chemical engineer.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Table Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: 8