Andrea McDonnell grew up in Townsville, spending her weekends watching her parents compete at the local table tennis club. She herself reached junior national level as a teenager and enjoyed playing it recreationally as an adult, but it wasn’t until after a workplace accident in the early 2000’s that she considered a career in Para-sport.

Returning to competition in 2013, Andrea was asked to represent Australia at the ITTF-PTT Oceania Regional Para Table Tennis Championships in Canberra later that year, where she and teammate Kate Juillerat placed third behind Australian pairs Rory Carroll and Sam Von Einem, and Jackson Meyn and Ashley Parrott in the class 9-11 team event.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 56-year-old Andrea did well to reach the bronze medal match of the team event with partner Melissa Tapper, placing fourth overall.

‘Ducky’, as she’s been nicknamed by her nephew, is proud to have passed on …

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Date of birth
7 July 1960
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Joint movement restrictions (right arm and left leg)
How acquired
Work accident
Ayr, QLD
Senior financial planner
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being named the Australian U14 girls singles champion

Greatest sporting moments

Watching her nieces win singles titles as their coach

Heroes/role models

Her mum and dad


  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: 10
  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Team Classification: 10

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