Andrea McDonnell

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Andrea McDonnell
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Andrea McDonnell
Personal information
Born (1960-07-07) 7 July 1960 (age 58)
SportTable Tennis

Andrea McDonnell (born 7 July 1960) is an Australian Paralympic table tennis player. She competed for Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1]


McDonnell was born on 7 July 1960.[2] She grew up in Townsville, Queensland and is one of six children.[2] A workplace accident left her with impaired movement in her left leg and right arm.[2] In 2016, she lives in Ayr, Queensland and works as a financial planner.[2]

Table tennis[edit]

She is a Class 10 table tennis player.[3] McDonnell grew up in a table tennis family with both her parents playing.[2] She was a national junior player. [2] She took up table tennis again after her accident. She made her debut for Australia at the 2013 Oceania Para Table Tennis Championships in Canberra.[2] At the 2015 Oceania Para Table Tennis Championships in Bendigo, she was defeated by Melissa Tapper in the Class 6-10 final.[4]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, McDonnell did not win a match in the Women's Singles Class 10 preliminaries and did not advance. In the Women's Doubles Class 6-10, McDonnell and her partner Melissa Tapper finished fourth. [5]

She has coached her two of her nieces at junior national level.[2]


  1. ^ "2016 Paralympic co-captain leads the way for 5-strong Para-table tennis team". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Andrea McDonnell". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Athletes with Disabilities Profiles". Table Tennis Australia website. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Australia claim all four titles at the ITTF Oceania Para-table Tennis Championships". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Andrea McDonnell". Rio Paralympics Official site. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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