History beckons for Melissa Tapper in Rio |

The 26-year-old is backing up to compete at both Games, making history as the first Australian to do so.

Tapper, who was born with nerve damage in her right arm, was dealt a horror draw at the Olympics last month and crashed out in the first round. But the London Paralympian says the experience sharpened her skills and she now feels more comfortable.

“Everyone’s working for the gold but it’s going to be really hard to medal.”

“It’s been good to slip straight back in, I don’t feel too overwhelmed,” she said.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games medallist wont be marching at the opening ceremony on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) as she prepares for her opening women’s singles match on day one of competition.

“My body’s good, my head’s good… I just want to compete now,” she said.

Tapper faces stiff competition from Poland’s star Natalia Partyka, who also competed at the Rio Olympics, as well as the London and Beijing Olympics.



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