Smash That IV Badminton Tournament

Yes, another goal was crossed out from the list:  Win a trophy from a badminton tournament.

The Smash That Badminton Tournament was held last September 22 and 29 at The Zone.  On the first Saturday, all the doubles games were played.  There were four categories:  The Men’s Doubles Beginners, Women’s Doubles Beginners, Men’s Doubles Advanced and the Women’s Double’s Advanced.  And since my partner and I only started playing last year, we were put in the Beginners level and we were lucky to snag the first place trophy.  Plus, one of my shallow dreams of being an umpire came true that day.  The organizers let me umpire one of the beginners games and I must say, that Saturday was a really good day.

My Mixed Doubles game wasn’t as fortunate, but all the same, it was a really good experience for me.  It was my first tournament playing Mixed and it really taught me a lot of lessons.  Plus, I wasn’t really hell-bent on getting a trophy.  All I wanted was for me and my partner to not lose ALL of our games.  We were lucky that we won four out of the six games.  And as a bonus (or consolation?), I got to umpire several times during the tournament.

After all the Mixed games were done, it was time for the awarding ceremony.  I was really excited to receive my FIRST TROPHY EVER.  Here’s a picture of me trying to do a self-portrait in my itouch (i wanted to announce to the world ASAP that I’ve got a trophy).

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Badminton can be a really fun thing to do.  However, I have been considering retiring for some time now.  Maybe it was because I have already gotten a trophy out of it (who cares if it says “Beginners”, right?), but I’m thinking that badminton is too hard on my body.  I felt all sorts of injuries, from my knees to my ankles, during those months that I did training.  And there was this scary moment during one of the matches in the Championship round of the WDB last week.  I was attempting a drop when my right knee did not properly lock while I was lunging towards the shuttlecock.  I panicked that I would fly face first into the ground but luckily my other knee was okay and made the save.  Aside from that, my legs and knees still haven’t recovered from the beatings it took last week.

But anyway, there is still a possibility that I would change my mind.  But one thing’s for sure, if I hold a badminton racket again, it will be all about having fun.

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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