MIAO Miao < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 14 Jan 1981 in Tianjin, CHN
Height1.62 m
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Broadmeadows, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages Chinese, Polish, English
Higher education Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing in China when she was eight.
Why this sport? Her father is a famous table tennis coach in China and people would ask him if his daughter played.
Club / Team Australian National Team: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach Jens Lang [national]
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 1995
Competing for Poland
Tournament European Championships
General Interest
Hobbies Watching movies, travel, internet, having dinner or coffee with friends. (vis.org.au, 22 Feb 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement She won three gold medals while representing Poland at the Junior European Championships. (pbsmick.com, 21 Nov 2011)
Hero / Idol Table tennis player Deng Ya Ping.
(vis.org.au, 22 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Try hard and do your best." (ittf.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours Named Table Tennis Australia's 2009 Senior Player of the Year. (tabletennis.org.au, 19 Nov 2009)

She was named as the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Victor Barna Award winner for the most outstanding senior Australian table tennis player. (tabletennis.org.au, 02 Nov 2005)
Famous relatives Her mother competed in athletics at the Chinese national championships and her father was a member of the Chinese table tennis team. (olympics.com.au, 22 Apr 2011)
Other information FROM CHINA TO POLAND TO AUSTRALIA
She was born in China before moving to Poland with her parents when she was 13. She represented Poland at table tennis in 1995 and arrived in Australia in 1997. (pbsmick.com, 21 Nov 2011, olympics.com.au, 10 Oct 2011)

COACH
She has followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a table tennis coach, and works with the Australian under 18 squad. (pbsmick.com, 21 Nov 2011)

VETERAN
After securing her place on the Australian team for the London 2012 Olympic Games, she will appear in her fourth consecutive Olympic Games and is looking for her first medal. (olympics.com.au, 09 Mar 2012, pbsmick.com, 21 Nov 2011)