Year Awarded: 2009
Sport: Table Tennis
Scholarship Holders

Kyle Davis - Table Tennis

Kyle began playing table tennis and competing in 1997 at age of 8, in Werribee, and played first Junior Nationals in 1999 in U14 at age 10. He clinched his first individual Australian titles in 2002 - U14 Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Kyle debuted in Australian Junior Team in 2002 at the Oceania Championships - winning the U14 Singles and U18 Doubles.

Kyle was the first player in the world to compete in three consecutive World Cadet (U15) Challenges - 2002 (inaugural event), 2003 and 2004. He concurrently held 4 National singles titles in 2004 - U14, U16, U18 and U21.

Kyle debuted in the Australian Men's Team in 2004 at 15 years old and currently ranks No 4 in Open Men and No 2 in Under 21, World No. 418 Open men and No. 83 U21 Men.

In 2008 Kyle was selected to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Additional career highlights for Kyle include: Silver Medal Men's Singles 2007 Australian Championships, Australian Men's Team 43rd at 2008 World Championships, Bronze Medal 2007 Commonwealth Championships, and round of 16 (singles); 10th (teams) at 2006 World Junior Championships, 2007 Table Tennis Victoria's Open Male Player of the Year, three time Australian Junior Player of the Year, five time Victorian Junior Male Player of the Year.

Following on from his Olympics experience in Beijing, Kyle has been named in the Men's National Delhi 2010 Squad. Kyle is an Individual Athlete Scholarship holder with the Victorian Institute of Sport, and has been selected to represent Victoria in the upcoming Australian Championships and then will compete for Australia in the World Table Tennis Championships in Japan in late April and the Commonwealth Championships in Scotland in May.

Currently he is ranked No 4 in Open Men and No 2 in Under 21. Kyle is also enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at RMIT University Melbourne

Mentor:  Todd Woodbridge OAM
Hero:  Peter Hudson AM

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