21 Apr 2019

Only 12 years old, at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest, it is very much a learning experience for Anna Hursey of Wales.

On the opening day of play, Sunday 21st April, she was beaten by both Vietnam’s Nguyen Khoa Dieu Khanh (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4) and by Pauline Chasselin of France (11-4, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5).

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Notably last year at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she was the youngest athlete to represent Wales at senior level in any sport.

Moreover, when 10 years old, she played for Wales at the European Championships qualification match against Kosovo, while in the same year she competed at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge; also she was a 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award nominee.

“I am super excited being in Budapest for this big table tennis tournament where we have most of the best players in the world. This means a lot to me representing Wales again in such a colourful competition. My father used to play table tennis for fun and he introduced to the game; since then I just fell in love with it. I am hoping to play professionally and in Budapest I am here to gain experience and also have fun.” Anna Hursey

Anna Hursey is year eight pupil at Cardiff High School and believes table tennis has boosted her confidence as a person.

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