Melissa ‘Milly’ Tapper has had brachial plexus palsy since birth, but she has spent most of her life competing against able-bodied athletes, male and female both. Having begun playing table tennis at eight, Milly was first selected to represent her country as a junior in the early 2000s. By 18 she was the number one junior female table tennis player in Australia and the U18 Oceania champion, well-primed for a successful career in able-bodied sport. However, Milly’s world changed when the APC suggested she transition to Para-table tennis. Although reluctant at first, she soon began training for national selection with an eye to London 2012, her rise to number one meteoric. Underneath her humble, calm exterior, Milly is a ruthless competitor. In 2011 alone, she won singles gold at the Hungarian, Italian and British Opens, and the Arafura Games. Making her Paralympic debut at the London Games, Milly was crowned… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Brachial plexus palsy
Para-table tennis
Date of Birth
March 1, 1990
South Melbourne, VIC
Started Competing
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016


Her dad

Career Highlights

Placing fourth at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Winning the 2011 Hungarian and Italian Opens

Sports & Disciplines

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