From shame to fame: How a tragic accident led to table tennis gold

6 December 2016

As Fiji cleans up after the devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston, one Fijian man badly injured during a previous violent storm is providing hope and inspiration in his quest for table tennis gold. Kope is a participant in Smash Down Barriers, a table tennis program funded by Australian Aid and delivered by Table Tennis Australia and Oceania Table Tennis, which is designed to provide sporting opportunities for people in the Pacific living with disability.

From shame to fame: How a tragic accident led to table tennis gold

To mark International Day of People with Disabilities in 2016, Table Tennis Australia launched this short video about how Kope’s life has changed since his accident and how sport has contributed to his sense of purpose and place in the community.

Video: Shame to Fame (Table Tennis Australia)


Last Updated: 24 March 2016
Kope holding a table tennis paddle hitting ball with a woman
Kope with fellow Fijian table tennis star Mere Roden. Supplied: Tiffany Angliss