I’m just like you…
Except consider the one thing you do best, and being addicted to it. Sometimes
you’re not sure why you continue, but you continue anyway. It takes dedication,
passion, and even a bit of mania, but it’s that spark that keeps me in my
I’ve played badminton since I was 6, and I’m 29 now. Although I only started competing for Canada when I was 21, it’s been a long journey, with many ups and downs. It’s not easy to compete in badminton for Canada, considering the fact it’s an amateur sport and we get very little funding, but that’s because we aren’t ranked very high compared to the rest of the world. Less results equals less funding, I get that, but that will never take away my respect for badminton. Despite all these things, I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and compete for Canada, especially at the Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, World Championships, and the 2012 London Olympics.
So… my journey continues, chasing a 2015 Toronto Pan Am
Games gold medal, without Sport Canada AAP carding (i.e. funding). That’s only
part of the process, including making it back into a top 20 world ranking, and
possibly qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016. My ultimate goal for the rest
of my career is to learn how to train appropriately for our sport, given the
tools we possess, in a hope to inspire the next generation of badminton
athletes, so that they can have a better chance of making a difference.
I want to do the very best that I can… in a hope to inspire someone down the line to do the same, but better.