This past sunday I played in a badminton tournament that was hosted by Badmintology Vancouver (BV). This group is made up of a bunch of friends that play badminton and made a “fun first” mantra towards badminton tournaments that accommodates all skill levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. They have done a wonderful job and now in their third year of existence they are already getting 200+ entries per tournament!
So a little background about me and badminton. I’ve played when I was really young with my dad. Started to play competitive when I reached high school in grade 8. Never really trained hard because I thought my skill would just be good enough and now I regret it…therefore never really committed to it.
This tournament was the first tournament I’ve played in about a year. I usually don’t join these tournaments because they play on gym floors and I am not used to it. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to get that far in the tournament because of two factors: I usually don’t do well in BV tournaments, and second, I was playing with a partner that I have never played with before.
Turns out we came SECOND place out of 32 teams! I was surprised myself, I played the most consistent tournament ever and I was proud of myself and my partner. And want to thank all the supporters that came out and cheered us on. You know who you are! The first match was the toughest actually because of the nerves and we were getting used to playing with each other. The second match we lost our first set then changed up our strategy to a more defensive counter attack style and it worked. That got us all the way to the finals. After a hard fought match, I gotta admit I was a bit too tired and didn’t have as much pop in my shots. But oh well. Satisfied with the results, would’ve loved to get the winner’s tshirt. Always next time!