Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

Badminton Pan America

Growing Up Years

I was born in the rural parish of St Andrew in Barbados as the last of 13 children. It was during a PE lesson in secondary school when I first laid eyes on badminton. The sport immediately caught my attention, seeming easy and interesting to play compared to others. Recognizing my potential, the games master introduced me to the badminton coach who taught me the basics and paved the way for my journey in the junior national program.

My Passion for Badminton

Representing Barbados at the regional championships (CAREBACO) in 1985 at the age of 14 fueled my passion for badminton. I even took a coaching course during my first year at the senior level. While I ended my competitive stage at 35, I decided to focus on coaching beginners, sharing my love for the sport.

Memorable Events

Participating in the regional championships and Pan Am Games brought me numerous medals and unforgettable experiences. Winning gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Guatemala in 1993 remains one of my most rewarding memories. Throughout my badminton journey, I have made friends from all walks of life who I can turn to for guidance or simply enjoy a friendly conversation.

Badminton’s Impact

Thanks to badminton, I secured a coaching job at the National Sports Council (NSC) where I teach the sport at primary and secondary schools across Barbados. Working with the junior developmental program, national junior squad, and my club’s junior program is also incredibly fulfilling.

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Making a Difference in the Community

Through badminton, I have had the opportunity to take individuals from grassroots level to national representation. The sport has changed lives, boosting self-esteem and providing a global perspective for many.

The Impact of Shuttle Time

The Shuttle Time program has played a crucial role in raising awareness among PE teachers, enabling them to incorporate badminton into their curriculum and develop the sport at the grassroots level.

FAQs

  1. How did you get into badminton?

    • I was introduced to badminton during a PE lesson in secondary school and quickly developed a passion for the sport.
  2. What are your most memorable events?

    • Representing Barbados at the regional championships and winning gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Guatemala hold special places in my heart.
  3. How has badminton impacted your life?

    • Badminton has allowed me to secure a coaching job, work with junior players, and make lifelong friendships.

Summary

In this article, we explored the journey of a badminton enthusiast from Barbados, who discovered the sport during a PE lesson in secondary school. Their passion for badminton grew, leading them to represent their country at various championships and win medals. This experience fueled their desire to coach and make a difference in the lives of aspiring badminton players. Through their involvement in the sport, they have had the opportunity to work with youth programs and contribute to the development of badminton at the grassroots level. Overall, their story highlights the transformative power of sports and the positive impact it can have on individuals and communities.

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