Sport: Table Tennis
Olympic History: Debutante
Highlights: Commonwealth Games 2018
Club: Rydalmere, Macquarie Park and Fairfield
Year Born: 1987
State Born: NSW
Michelle Bromley was always destined to become a table tennis player with her father and mother falling in love at a tennis table club and her grandparents competing at a national level into their 80's.
It became a family affair, with Bromley's older brothers also taking to the paddle and Bromley following in their footsteps.
Growing up in the small NSW country town of Gulgong, when she was six Bromley would annoy her mother by hitting the ball against the kitchen wall at home for hours.
Happy to take home the Women's Open Singles title today. 😊 Hectic day with 180 players and only 6 tables to play on, but the organisers did a great job to get matches on as quickly as possible given the circumstances. Possibly a two day event next time?! 😜 #winnersaregrinners #worldtabletenniscentre #fairfield #pingponglife #loveit
By the time she was seven, she won her first trophy at the State Primary School Championships.
Seeing her developing talent, Bromley's mum nurtured her early table tennis development, but by the age of 10, her dad knew she had something special so he took over the reins becoming her coach and warm-up partner.
Michelle recalls training each night with her dad in the family shed as one of her fondest memories and strongest formative moments.
She won her first national title at 13 and that year represented Australia internationally.
After several attempts, two decades later, Bromley was selected for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but sadly, her dad, coach and hero was unable to see her achieve this great feat, passing away from cancer in 2012.
"My dad is my hero, he was always my biggest fan and believed I could achieve my dreams," Bromley said.
The Blacktown NSW local says her dad instilled in her the determination, strength and attitude that has seen her qualify for her first Olympic Games, when she makes her debut at Tokyo 2020.
The 32-year-old won eight out of nine matches at the Australian Qualification Tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games to secure her spot at Tokyo.
Fans and spectators erupted in applause and cheered for the small-town girl, who after three attempts at Olympic qualification, was finally going to make her Olympic debut.