Western Australia’s Table Tennis Centre in East Victoria Park recently hosted the highest-profile match in its history, with Chinese Consul-General Lei Kezhong challenging Premier Mark McGowan to a game of ping pong.
The match was one of the highlights of the Australia China Business Association-China Chamber of Commerce Australia’s annual ping pong tournament, running in its third iteration in 2017.
Mr Lei was in control throughout the good-natured match, but was surprised by several deft shots from Mr McGowan, who rallied in the second set to force a decisive game three.
But Mr Lei was too good in the third for the premier, showing off a vast array of drop shots and topspin manoeuvres, as well as a devastating serve.
Mr McGowan admitted after the game he was overmatched, largely because his usual opponents across the ping pong table were his two young children.