Qian Yang started playing table tennis at age five and by the age of 17 was a Paralympic gold medallist for China. Hailing from Qingjian County in Shaanxi, Qian also won a silver medal at London before claiming another two silver medals at Rio in 2016. Qian has also won multiple titles at the Asian Para Games and Asian Championships, establishing herself as one of the world’s premier Para-table tennis players.

Following Rio, Qian moved to Australia, registered with Table Tennis Australia and began her quest to bring glory to Australia’s Para-table tennis program, starting with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

At the Games, Yang won gold in the women’s singles class 10 event, clinching an exhilarating victory against Bruna Costa Alexandre of Brazil 3-1 (13-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9). The gold was the fifth Paralympic medal of her career.

In the women’s team class 9-10 event, Yang teamed up with …

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Date of birth
17 June 1996
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Limb deficiency
How acquired
Ringwood, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics.

Greatest sporting moments

Being selected to the Australian team for Tokyo 2020.

Heroes/role models

Lionel Messi

Favourite quote
Never give up


  • Sport: Para-table tennis Classification: Class 10

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