His arm was bitten by a bear… but it’s the sharks that this Paralympian fears


Sule’s advantage was to play on Chen’s weakness. Time and time again, he delivered towering lob shots with pinpoint precision as they landed just the other side of the net before the heavy side spin slid the ball out of Chen’s reach.

‘Jesse can’t make those shots’, head coach Alois Rosario Explain. “His opponent found the holes in his game.”

Chen can use the same shot, but his go-to is the “tetra-loop”, which is also a lob shot that spins the ball backwards.

“It’s his exercise in his practice,” says Maggie Meng, who is also the coach of the Australian team. “Players have different balance: some people don’t have balance when moving forwards and backwards, others don’t have balance when moving side to side. For third class, Jesse has no balance at all, so he just uses his arm. If the ball is short, it cannot enter.

Balance is also an issue for Ma, which means he works on his core more in the gym.

“Few opponents are like me, with one arm,” he said. “It’s difficult because I don’t have a good balance. I play against opponents with a lighter handicap.

Now come here Danni di Toro47, seven-time Paralympian and co-captain of the Rio and Tokyo teams that Kurt Fearnley recently described as “the heart and soul” of the team. Equitable approval from the king himself.

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Danni di Toro switched to table tennis seven years ago.Credit:Getty

A former para-tennis player, she switched to table tennis in 2015 and while she was “broken” at losing her first-round match, she was philosophical about the future of her sport.

She said the quality of the table tennis team has improved since the arrival of the three Chinese superstars.

“For them to decide that Australia will be the place for them has really elevated the sport,” she said. “They all teach us a lot, they really elevate the team.”

Asked about Tapper’s absence, she replied, “It’s just sports. People make decisions about where they want to be that are good for them. It puts a lot of pressure on everyone, and that’s good. It’s what we all need. It’s a shame Milly isn’t here, but it shows the depth and breadth of this team. She helped build this. There is a solid base thanks to Milly Tapper. We all play a role in this. »

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At each site, a short video is often played on the big screens explaining the different rules of the sports you are about to watch.

At the NEC Arena Netball, a bold statement is made: “Netball is a non-contact sport.

Great bloody conversation.

The game between the Diamonds and the lively Jamaicans was so physical it could have been a soccer match as the players got stray elbows and shoulders cut in the back. All accidental, of course.

Kate Moloney dives to keep the ball in play against Jamaica.Credit:Getty

In a rugby league context, the Match Review Committee could have issued a multitude of charges for negligent, reckless and dangerous contact.

Fittingly, an Aussie fan was spotted in the crowd wearing the Kangaroos sweater. Still no Random Souths Guy sightings at these Games, though.

The Jamaicans celebrated their victory with a group dance which appeared on the players’ TikTok accounts, although the captain Jhaniel Fowler had none.

“I can’t dance,” she laughed, which is good because she can shoot.

Make it happen...

Make it happen…Credit:Getty

Perry’s mascot moment?

Forget when Harry met Sally. The Australian cricket team desperately wants Perry to meet Perry.

Perry the Bull is the Commonwealth Games mascot while Ellysee Perry is arguably the greatest female cricketer of all time.

She has yet to play a match at the Commonwealth Games due to a back injury.

“I haven’t seen a photo of Perry and Perry yet, so I don’t believe they’ve met,” teammate Alana King said. Inside the Games. “I think Pez will really appreciate Perry by his side.”

THE QUOTE

“My dad didn’t speak to me for a few days when I won bronze at the 2018 Games.” – Pakistan’s super-heavyweight lifter Nooh Butt after winning gold with a record lift of 405 kg. It’s a way to get over your father issues.

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THUMBS UP

australian cyclist Grace Brown lived up to her pre-race favoritism to win the women’s time trial at Wolverhampton. She clocked 40 minutes and 5.2 seconds over the 28.8 kilometer course to win the gold medal, her first at the Commonwealth Games. “I have to invest in a trophy cabinet now,” she said.

THUMBS DOWN

We’ve had a couple of angry emails about Channel Seven not showing the women’s 100m athletics final, which is silly because Elaine Thompson-HerahThe race was something to see. “I watched Seven carefully until at least half an hour after the men’s final and absolutely zero on the women’s final,” said one. We asked Seven for a comment, but he didn’t respond.

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