Eleven year old, Anna Hursey will be looking forward to make history at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia.
The Welsh youngster aiming to hit her ambitious goal of finishing on the podium in Australia will be the youngest athlete to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
The Wales-born teenager whose extraordinary talent started at age five is thought to be the youngest athlete to ever compete at the quadrennial event.
Anna trains up to thirty hours-per-week alongside her primary school education. The sacrifices made by her parents have made a massive impact on her career, she was crowned Welsh under 11’s champion at age six and Wales’ youngest-ever ‘senior’ international in any sport.
“Sometimes the older girls’ get really annoyed when they lose to me and kick the barriers and stuff,” said Hursey.
According to Welsh coach, Stephen Jenkins “She’s taking it in her stride really,”
“She is actually really mature for her age. It’s just inside her – she’s mentally strong.”
Hursey’s team-mates, including Welsh number one Charlotte Carey, have taken her under their wing to help protect her from the glare of publicity.
“They don’t want to baby her,” insisted Jenkins. “It’s more that she’s a team-mate, and that’s important for Anna as well – she doesn’t want to be the baby.
Hursey is ranked No 18 in the world at under-15 level and No 11 in Europe; she is the youngest athlete ever to represent Wales in senior competition in any sport.
She is also targeting a spot to represent Team GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she will be just 14.
The table tennis game will be contested at the Oxenford Studios besides Movie World.