Aside from my profession in the I.T. industry, I play Badminton competitively. Being disciplined enough to carry out multiple tasks at once whilst balancing workload and training I believe is the biggest lesson I have learnt.
Starting out Badminton at the age of 5, it has been an ongoing training process both physically and mentally. Coming around to learn and appreciate Badminton so much more as a sport has helped me through work and life. Having started to train competitively at 11 and playing Internationally by the age of 16, I’ve taken a wonderful journey through a unique sport that is so underrated in New Zealand.
Being in the sport of Badminton, my opinion is obviously going to be a bit biased. However for those who lack knowledge about the sport, I encourage you to try it out and experience Badminton for yourself first-hand. Badminton takes a combination of many physical and mental attributes and combines it all into one sport; Coordination, jumping, fitness (aerobic and anaerobic), strength, endurance, flexibility, explosive movements, recovery, speed, tactics, techniques and mental training.
Having next to no funding towards Badminton for most of my playing career, this has taught me much more about a lot of logistical processes, issues and resolution techniques which I would have otherwise missed out on. Badminton as a minority sport in New Zealand means that it is very tough for athletes playing competitively to represent New Zealand as there are no support both in the financial area and also in terms of personnel. We do everything ourselves.
My peak world ranking for singles was 58th, and this was back in 2010 when we were trying to qualify for Commonwealth Games Delhi. I have also had some success in Doubles and Mixed Doubles, being ranked as high as 175th and 54th respectively.