I am extremely excited to become a part of the Badminton Junior Gold Team because the team members were selected by the teachers through students’ performances during the try outs. This is significant to me because I hardly played badminton before and I didn’t even think about it seriously until this year. To be able to play in the Junior Gold Team means that my badminton skills have been proven by the coaches.
At the beginning of the year, I was aiming to get into the badminton A (Gold) team, thus I joined the Recreational Badminton Club to improve my badminton skills. I practice every Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and eventually I got better at playing badminton. My participation in the Badminton Club create the chance for me to join to Junior Gold Team. Although at the start, I struggled a bit to catch up with all the hard core training, I was able to adjust myself and try my hardest. As the result I improved a lot throughout the seasons. For example, before the season, I could hardly smash the birdie, however after the season I practice the skills and I was able to hit the birdie accurately. Moreover, I was also “trained” to be able to play effectively during a high pressure environment (playing in a game). At the beginning I was always nervous, but I listened to the advices from the coaches, adjust my emotion and then focus on the current rather than the past and future.
Other than developing my own personal skills, I also learned how to corporate and work with a partner. When I was playing doubles, I was always afraid to hit the birdie because I was worried that I might hit my partners or I wouldn’t be able to hit the birdie. However, after playing a few games, I was able to discuss with my partner about the techniques and strategies we should use against a specific opponent. The team creates a supporting atmosphere, so I felt very included and supported when I was in the team. Now I am able to play efficiently with any partner that the coach assigned me and I am never going to worry about the mistakes that I have made before. Focus and the moment is the most important.