Barak Mizrachi was born with cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body, and was first introduced to table tennis by his dad, who only beat him that once.

He first began competing in 2001 and made his Australian debut two years later at the Maccabi Pan American Games, a multi-sport tournament for Jewish competitors from around the world.

In 2013 Barak made history as the first Australian athlete with a disability to be selected to compete in table tennis at the Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, and in 2015 he beat the odds-on favourite to win gold in his event and the award of best and fairest player at the Oceania Regional Para Table Tennis Championships in Bendigo.

Making his Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016, Barak lost both his preliminary matches 3-0.

Outside of table tennis, he enjoys going to the movies and watching sport. The first …

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Date of birth
22 March 1988
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Carnegie, VIC
Chemical engineer
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the 2015 Oceania Regional Para Table Tennis Championships in Bendigo

Heroes/role models

Timo Boll


  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: 8

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