Who is Anna Hursey? The 11-year-old has been chosen to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games

WALES have an 11-year-old woman representing them at the Commonwealth Games.

Table tennis prodigy Anna Hursey is thought to be the youngest athlete to ever represent Wales at a senior degree.

 Table tennis sensation Anna Hursey will be Wales' youngest ever competitor at the Commonwealth Games

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Table tennis sensation Anna Hursey shall be Wales' youngest ever competitor at the Commonwealth Games

Anna, from Cardiff, is already concentrating on a spot in Workforce GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she will probably be simply 14.

However first comes the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Right here is all you want to find out about the woman ranked No 18 in the world at Underneath-15 degree and No eleven in Europe…

 Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene has also been named in the Team Wales squad

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Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene has additionally been named in the Workforce Wales squad
 And so has Rio 2016 Olympic 400m runner Seren Bundy-Davies

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And so has Rio 2016 Olympic 400m runner Seren Bundy-Davies

Hursey was taken by her mom, Xiuli Zhang, a enterprise administrator and translator who additionally makes use of the identify Phoebe, to China in 2016 to expertise Chinese language education.

Phoebe had struggled to discover anybody who would play together with her daughter in Wales.

Properly, the phrase is Chinese language coaches beat college students with bat handles once they missed a shot. Anna says the gruelling six hours a day she spent coaching in China virtually destroyed her love of the sport.

She advised the Radio Occasions: “It was a bit scary as a result of when you get one thing flawed, they only, like, hit you.

"Not me, although. I felt actually sorry for my pal as a result of when she missed the ball, they’d use the bat deal with to whack her hand as punishment.

"But once I missed it, they have been, like, ‘Oh, that’s OK’.”

 Commonwealth Games 2014 swimming champion Jazz Carlin will be in Australia

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Commonwealth Games 2014 swimming champion Jazz Carlin can be in Australia

China's elite academies have gained the nation 28 of the 32 Olympic gold medals in the sport.

However Hursey stated: “Perhaps [the training in] China is a bit higher, however I’m extra relaxed right here.

"I can hang around with my pals. Over there, it’s simply coaching, coaching, coaching. If I all the time did that, I won’t like desk tennis any extra.”

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She performs about three hours a day after faculty and typically goes out operating together with her dad, Larry.

They spent £27,000 placing knowledgeable desk of their again backyard. Phoebe first took Anna to the Penlan Leisure Centre in Swansea aged 4.

She defined: “I provided two male gamers £15 an hour if they might train my little woman however they stated they weren’t certified and she or he was too younger.

“I needed to do one thing for her so I took six weeks’ unpaid depart and took her to China as a result of I knew there’d be coaches obtainable.”

 Former world champion and Olympic triathlete Non Stanford makes her Commonwealth Games debut

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Former world champion and Olympic triathlete Non Stanford makes her Commonwealth Games debut

When Hursey was lastly noticed by nationwide coaches and began beating grownup gamers, a few of  them would throw tantrums after being crushed by a toddler.

She first beat her dad –  a membership-degree participant – when she was seven years previous.

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, on Australia's Gold Coast, is on Wednesday, April four. Anna can be eleven years and 286 days previous.

WALES have an 11-year-old woman representing them at the Commonwealth Games.

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