Rebecca Julian has not competed at a Paralympic Games in nearly eight years, and with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mere months away, she is ready and raring to make her comeback.

Unlike her cousin, Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell, sport did not come naturally to Rebecca. In fact, when a teacher suggested she start playing Para-table tennis, it took her and her family a little while to come around to the idea. But after watching coverage of the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, Rebecca realised that the life of an elite athlete was the life for her, and began working towards selection to the Australian Paralympic Team.

Twelve years later, Rebecca made her Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She faced an immense challenge from the outset, being drawn in the same pool as the Netherlands’ Kelly van Zon in the women’s singles 6-7, and although she did not …

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Date of birth
2 December 1986
Sport
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right hemiplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Mooroolbark, VIC
Occupation
Kindergarten teacher
Started competing
1999
First competed for Australia
2005
Sport career highlights

Taking then world No. 1 Kelly van Zon to a decider at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Roger Federer

Favourite quote
Never give up, never surrender! - Mathesar, Galaxy Quest

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Class 6
  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Teams Classification: Class 6

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