Mere Shows Why She Is A Paralympian

Fiji 2016 Paralympian Mere Roden showcased why she is the best in the region after claiming Fiji's only Para table tennis title at the 2017 Para Table Tennis (PTT) Oceania Regional Championships held at the Vodafone Arena over the Easter weekend.

Rio 2016 Paralympian Mere sealed the hosts’ only gold in the women’s singles class 2-5.

Mere was made to fight for her gold medal with a three sets to two win over Australia’s Amanda Tscharke.

Despite going on a two set led, Australia's Amanda started a fight back winning the next two sets forcing the match to a fifth and final set which was won by Mere by 11-6.

Mere was also part of the Women's Para team that won silver during the team event.

Fiji's other dominant para athlete Iakoba Taberanibou overcame Shadrack Timothy of the Solomon Islands to claim a bronze medal.

However Australia showcased their strength winning eight of the nine gold medals on offer over the Easter weekend.

A total of 28 players from Australia, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu participated in the event, which consisted of a two-day Para table tennis Level One Coaches course, a three-day training camp and the New Zealand Para Open Championships.

More participants are expected at the 2019 Para Table Tennis Oceania Regional Championships, with countries from the region hoping to send their largest ever Paralympic delegations to Tokyo 2020.

PIC: Team Fiji Para athletes warm up before a match


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