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This is the first year since 2007 that I have not competed at the US Open, but of course it's only a matter of time. Tournaments in LA have always been a blast, and I have had some career best and worst results at the US Open! For example, in 2007, I lost my match in 12 minutes against Tony Gunawan 🀣 In a later year, I lost a match with 21-3 in one of the sets. However, one year I made a semi-final of the US Open Grand Prix Gold, losing 21-19 in the 3rd set to Japan πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Also, the only time I ever won was last year with @jdubewww at the International Series. Regardless, I've met some amazing people over the years and my experiences at these tournaments have been exceptional! Career Highlights: (Top Left): XD with Jenna at the Jack Underhill. We played a few events together and were undefeated in BC! (Top Middle): This photo with Alex Bruce was actually after the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico! I had won with Grace Gao and Alex had won with Michelle in our respective events! (Top Right): Action shot playing Men's Singles at the BC Provincials by none other than Joseph Yeung! (Bottom Left): Winning Pan Am Championships with a 3rd partner, Rachel Honderich! This would be the first time being able to win Nationals and Pan Ams with a new partner on the first attempt! (Bottom Right): Playing with Pranaav Chopra in the Premier Badminton League in India for the Chennai Smashers! Still feeling blessed for the opportunity! πŸ™ #athletelife #highlights #retirement #athletetransition #badminton #blessed #nextchapter #goodluck #to #nextgen

Are you someone who tries to see things through to the very end? Me too! My campaign is just under 80% complete, thanks to so many generous people and I truly am fortunate to have your support after all these years! I do hope to return the favour one day and help other athletes compete at their own World Championships in the future! Link to campaign in my profile! Career Throwbacks: Top Left: 2016 Brazil Grand Prix in Iguazu Falls! Fun fact, my last two tournaments will be partnering Sankeerth at Canada Open, and Rachel at World Championships this summer! Top Middle: 2015 BC Male Player of the Year from @badminton_bc at Fortius! Thank you for the honour! Top Right: 2016 AB Elite Series with long time partner, Jon Vandervet. Although we placed 4th that time, we also have the 2010 Commonwealth Games, two National silver medals, and an international title at the 2010 Puerto Rico International! Perhaps we will make a comeback in the Masters division soon enough! Bottom Left: Coaching Aaron and Bel as part of the UBC Badminton team in the 2016-2017 season. It was all volunteer work, but it was also one of my most memorable coaching opportunities! Bottom Right: Throwback to the 2012 Canada Open, a week before going to the London Olympics! Signing autographs with Alex Bruce! Fun fact: we would partner together at the 2013 Canada Open and defeated a young Chinese team. That team is now be ranked 2nd and 4th in Mixed Doubles in the world, with different partners! This would be the only time I've beaten a team from China internationally 🀣 #athletelife #athletetransition #funfacts #throwback #retirement #lifegoeson #badminton

Thank you to all those who have supported my campaign! It's been trending strong and I really appreciate the support of the badminton community! I'm more than 2/3rds of the way there and link is in my profile! Career Highlights: Top Left: Coaching the 2016/2017 Winter Camp for Mandarin Badminton Club Top Middle: 2014 BC Provincial Singles Final. I think it was my first Singles provincial title since my U-12 provincial win in 1996! Top Right: XD with Michelle Tong at the 2016 BC Elite Series. We finished with a bronze that weekend! Bottom Left: MD with Adrian Liu at the 2016 Canada Open. We have been constantly cursed with 2nd place, but definitely a blessing this time as this remains the best MD result of my career, making the finals of a Grand Prix! Bottom Right: XD with Rachel Honderich also at the 2016 Canada Open. I've hit that around-the-back shot far too many times than I wanted to 😌 Photo Credits: @joeyeung7 & Mandarin Badminton Club (Facebook) #athletelife #retirement #athletetransition #badminton #throwback #highlights #nextchapter #heretodaygonetomorrow

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If you haven't heard, I'm officially retiring from international competition after World Championships this summer. I've spent more than a decade on the National Team and we still need to cover our own expenses at that event. I'm doing some fundraising and any help would be greatly appreciated! Link to the campaign can be found on my profile. Career Highlights: Top Left: 2008 Thomas Cup Finals in Indonesia with Team Korea Top Middle: 2007 Pan Am Champs in Calgary, my first major international event with @kyleholoboff Top Right: With Kim Dong Moon, Korean badminton legend, who I was able to work with for a few years. Bottom Left: 2012 Olympic Games with @grace_gao10 Bottom Right: 2013 USA International with @michellemsli #athletelife #retirement #badminton #nextstep #notgoodenough #tooold #goforbroke #literally #thankyou #gaveitallicould

Happy Mother's Day! A big thank you to my mom for supporting me and encouraging me throughout my life. Although we may not always see eye to eye, I know she just wants the best for me and I will always appreciate your good intentions. Wishing all mothers out there a wonderful day and I hope you have the chance to spend some time with your mothers! Special thanks to @joeyeung7 for capturing this moment at the 2018 Canadian Masters Nationals! #happymothersday

The 2018 Canadian Masters Nationals have ended and it has been a blast! Thank you to my partners, Karen and Steve, for playing with me this week, and it is always an honour to play against Tony Gunawan, especially in Men's Doubles! Thank you to all my opponents for some great matches and to all the tournament organizers and staff for making such an epic event possible! Thank you to Yonex for letting me try out the ASTROX 88D and 88S this week, and I have enjoyed using the 88D for mixed, and the 88S for doubles! Thank you also to @winkoptometry for my contacts, so I can actually see things properly. Thank you also to the photographer's for capturing many badminton moments this week! Lastly, thank you to my mom and @harrokittie for coming out to cheer me on! It was nice seeing old friends and thank you to all those who came to compete and watch the event! It's nice to see the evidence that badminton is still healthy and alive in BC! Safe travels to all those who are going back home! #athletelife #badminton #tournament #MastersNationals #Yonex #Astrox #thankyou

My new fidget spinner alternatives from @dailystoic 🀸 I'm currently using the Ego is the Enemy medallion. It helps me shut up and listen first, instead of speaking my mind πŸ™Š. I already know my own thoughts, so why not listen to a different point of view and maybe I could learn something new, or learn that I need to find someone else to learn from. There's so much more to learn. #Stoicism #Stoic #Stoicphilosophy #DailyStoic #betterthanatattoo #gamechanger #readmore #learnmore #domore

Flashback to 10 years ago when I was starting my competitive badminton career. This was my first trip to Asia in my life and it was because Canada had qualified for the Thomas Cup Finals. We actually played against Korea in the elimination rounds but this photo was taken after the quarterfinal against Denmark where they won 3-2. I remember sticking around to watch the entire tie, which took about 5 hours total, but it was worth it. Afterwards, I was fortunate to get a photo with the Korean team, with many of these players I was looking up to over the next few years of my career. And yes, for a time, I was still younger than most of them. But recently, we have lost Jung Jae Sung (far left), who was one half of a legendary Men's Doubles team whom I would watch for the following four years, one of the dominating teams from that point until his retirement soon after a London Olympics bronze medal. I still remember all the epic match ups at all the major tournaments back then, with Korea vs. China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, and even against Korea at times. I will always remember the 2008 All Englands and 2009 World Championship Finals. My condolences to his family and loved ones, and may he rest in peace. I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people through badminton and other sports over the years. Sometimes it feels like we will live forever, but we get a harsh taste of reality every so often. Life is short, for some, a lot shorter than others, so cherish your time in this world. Memento Mori // "Remember you are mortal" #RIP #JungJaeSung #Badminton #mementomori

Got a referral to try @hellofreshca from @harrokittie and it has been pretty awesome so far! Here is a Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe from this week, where they mail me 3 different recipes with respective ingredients, and I just cook everything at home! I highly recommend it for those who want to learn how to cook, because you learn some simple tasty recipes you can probably replicate without too much difficulty. The variety is great and sometimes the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty. DM me if you want a referral code so you can get $40 off your first delivery! I get $25 credit for each referral, but it's a pretty good trade 🀣 #homecooking #eatyourveggies #hellofresh #freshingredients #newrecipes #learnsomethingnew

A big thank you to my coach Darryl Yung, also a former Canadian Olympian, in getting me started toward my own Olympic dreams! Darryl was a large influence in my badminton as a junior, and he was also the one who encouraged me to keep playing when I wanted to quit at that critical time after juniors and finishing high school. Fortunately, I followed his advice and ended up competing at the Olympics myself in 2012! I hope to follow in his footsteps and help a future athlete make it to an Olympic Games too! Thanks Coach! #WeAllPlayForCanada @canadiantire #athletelife #coachlife #🏸Olympians #Badminton #ClearOne #ClearOneFearNone #live #learn #passiton

She was always my number one fan (besides my Mom of course... they can battle for that title), and yet she still is. We got together a year before my badminton career took off, and I ended up having to move to another city to train. Despite the long distance relationship and only seeing her twice a year because I couldn't afford to go back home, I ended up accomplishing one of my major goals: representing Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. --- But I didn't stop there. I kept on competing, despite going through different partners over the years. I was always trying to find the right partner but I never did. Maybe it's because the right partner was with me the entire time. --- "What goes around, comes around" as the expression goes, and fortunately I came around and proposed... in London! Thank you Carmen for sticking with me through thick and thin throughout a decade of badminton, and I hope to return the favour for the rest of my life β™₯ #HappyValentinesDay #athletelife #badminton #timeflies #LondonEye #changes #lifegoeson #loveyou #WeAllPlayForLove

#WeAllPlayForCanada Badminton has been my sport for more than 25 years now, with the pinnacle of my career representing Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although I'm still competing as a National Team member, I would like to recognize Canada's best badminton player, Michelle Li! Too often we compete as individuals and often we forget to support each other, but in the end, We All Play For Canada. As the journey to the Olympic Games is often long and arduous, I will always be grateful for those who have helped me, one way or another. Although I don't think I can ever repay everyone back, perhaps I can pay things forward to the next wave of Canadian athletes. On behalf of Michelle and I (at our 2018 Canadian National Championships!), we would like to wish our Canadian athletes all the very best at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang! Good luck, good favor, good fortune, and good health! @canadiantire @michellemsli @teamcanada @badmintoncanada #athletelife #badminton #gratitude #goodluck #TeamCanada #PyeongChang #2018Olympics #CanadianTire #ThankYou