Sunday, October 5, 2014

The teams are on their way home

Dear readers

The tournament has ended, the players have given their all, the parents are exhausted cheering the players on. I am finishing the blog for the year.

I am sure all the players have learned so much from this last 2 weeks. Team work, exhaustion, victory, defeat, joy, sadness, victory for some, sadness for some but at the end of it, they have felt what it is like to be a sportsperson.

To give all they are able to. To ask for nothing but faith in what they can give. The players have all tried their best.

Whatever they have learned here will become a part of their character.

It was good to see parents supporting their children, even from miles away. The wechat messages have taken so much out of my battery life.

Why am I still blogging for the Under 15s? Only because I know that these are the youngest state players and the most impressionable. They are our future. These blogs will remain with them and they can always review them when they are older.

I know I still get joy out of going through the old posts to see what has been said and done.

Here are some photos for their memories.

I must say, there are never any of Sok Teoh. Is he always the photographer. He gives so much for his love of badminton.

I am sure he will bring KC up again to challenge the best.

Thanks to all the coaches for the time they have given to all the players.

The managers and parents and Mark the umpire also need to be thanked. Iris, who is Eric's wife and who works for Tan and Tan Lawyers and who took 2 weeks off to cook and clean for the kids. She has to be thanked too.  She does not even have any children, just a husband who loves badminton and coaches and love the players. Good on them as we need more people like that in badminton.

Kim Rodgers has been giving his time for the Under 15s for many a year. He must feel sad that he did not return with a team medal. That is how the shuttle falls. There will be next year.

For the players who did not get a medal. Hey, you are still young and have the future ahead of you. If you want it, just train hard and you will get there.

Just remember to thank your parents for their support and love.

Eric will I am sure continue to train his young charges and bring out the best in them.

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