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… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Work accident
Physical Impairment – Joint movement restrictions (right arm and left leg)
Para-table tennis
Date of Birth
July 7, 1960
Ayr, QLD
Senior financial planner
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016


Her mum and dad

Career Highlights

Being named the Australian U14 girls singles champion

Greatest Moment

Watching her nieces win singles titles as their coach

Sports & Disciplines

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