by: Kennie Asuncion
As a young child, I always remembered hearing my dad speak of why we Filipinos can excel in badminton. I guess I believed him then because I was young. As I grew older and started competing internationally, it felt like a long, hard road to get to. But as time went by, I must say, as an adult, with my own free mind and thought, with my experiences, I do believe Filipinos can excel in Badminton!
Why? Simply because Badminton is a sport that doesn’t require a certain criteria. You don’t have to be of a certain height and weight to excel. Needless to say, we all know our neighboring Asian countries are proving it. Although, it’s the world’s fastest racket sport, anybody and do I mean anybody can excel in it, as long as they understand their body structure, know their strengths and address their weaknesses. Badminton is game for the physically and mentally fit people. It’s not all about strength, yet a combination of both is hard to perfect. It can also be looked upon by recreational players as a total workout.
Let me just add, that badminton’s most costly investment would be the shuttles. Other musts like rackets and your whole gear and rubber shoes can adjust to your budget. An expensive racket doesn’t always mean it is better. For me, I always hold the racket and get a feel of it before using it. I like my racket a bit on the other side as I fell it suits my style and game play. And though there are a lot of expensive rackets, there are also cheaper ones that are good.
I strongly feel that we have a large group of new and more talented young players whom I really look forward to cheering for in tournaments in the near future. I would just like to remind these kids that they need to be very patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight. If you really love the sport and have that desire to be the world’s best, you need to be prepared for a lot of hard work and a lot of stumbling along the way. But you’ll know what I mean when I say no matter how long and tiresome the road may be towards victory, there will be a lot of lessons along the way that will surely benefit you as a person. And whether or not you actually reach your final goal, there will be a lot of small victories along the way that make you say all the hard work was worth it.
On the other hand, I do believe a good coach is essential in an equation the has success as its outcome. Proper motivation and knowing what your player needs help make the journey to get a Gold a bit faster.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the only time to start going for your dreams. No excuses, no ifs or buts… and your training regimen. The road to anywhere starts from where you are. The Philippines is waiting for the FILIPINO World Badminton Champion.
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