Daniel hits his way to top table

BUNDABERG'S Daniel Rose has proved himself alongside Australia's best table tennis players after winning a silver medal in the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Tasmania.

The Bundaberg Table Tennis junior teamed with Townsville's Luke Blucher in the under-15 boys' doubles competition in Kingston this month.

The unseeded pair was defeated in the final by the number two seeded team of David Fielding and Heming Hu after causing a string of upsets on the way to the final.

After beating the New South Wales number two team in the quarter-final, Rose and Blucher took down fellow Queenslanders Rhys Thomas and Naoya Yamamoto in the semi-final.

“We were a bit shocked by that,” Daniel's mother Susan said.

It was only a few years ago that Daniel was a promising young rugby league player who left the table tennis to his father Bodo.

But after a string of injuries Susan decided to pull her children off the football fields.

“I got sick of waiting in hospitals and physio waiting rooms because of the injuries the boys were getting,” she said.

After hanging up the boots, the Rose clan moved to the table tennis centre.

Susan said it has felt like home ever since.

“(Daniel) sleeps with a bat and ball in his bed,” Susan said.

“He loves the sport.”

And the passion for the sport runs in the family.

Daniel's sister Courtney placed ninth in the under-13 category of the tournament.

Fellow Bundaberg duo Thanh Tran and Christian McDonald also performed well in the under-18 boys team event.

And Susan McDonald contributed well as a member of the under-15 girls team which finished fourth in Hobart.



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