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02-08-2007, 09:25 PM #1
Badminton Is Sally Yeh's Game Now
A report on Sally Yeh’s tireless dedication in promoting our beloved sport of badminton. Thanks Sally, your effort is greatly appreciated.
8 Feb 2007
Badminton Is Sally’s Game Now
The semi-retired singer has given up the limelight to promote the sport
SHE once lived the high life under the spotlight, entertaining fans and fending off the media.
Now, she sits at the office desk, working on the computer and handling paper work.
Sally Yeh has gone from glamorous star to office worker - and she's loving every minute of it.
The semi-retired singer is helping out at the Golden Gate Badminton Club in Menlo Park, California, which was opened in 2005 by her friend Mike Yang and 1992 US Badminton Olympian Ben Lee.
'I do administration work there to promote badminton and I just love this job. I work from 10am to 11pm, seven days a week. Much more exhausting than singing. (I) don't even have time to do my laundry,' the 46-year-old wrote in an e-mail to The New Paper recently.
Come July, Sally will have been married to singer George Lam for 11 years.
'I do everything. I love housework, cooking and cleaning. Love it,' she wrote, adding that she detests gardening because, unlike her parents who have green fingers, she 'can't even keep a small plant alive... it's pathetic'.
Even though it was only an e-mail interview, Sally's zesty persona was clear from her generous replies, dotted liberally with upper-case letters and exclamation marks. It was almost as if she was rambling away in front of you.
What gets her most excited is badminton. And her passion for the sport, which she played every day at one point, is infectious.
'It is the coolest thing on the planet! So exciting it makes my eyeballs twirl. Badminton, when you play to a certain level, is definitely an extreme sport,' exclaimed Sally who also ice-skates, skis and plays golf.
'The stamina it takes to play badminton is phenomenal. I'm in much better shape now than I was at 20.'
Sally was born in Taipei and grew up in Canada. She acted in '80s Hong Kong films like Cupid One and Peking Opera Blues and her last celluloid appearance was in Sisters of The World Unite in 1991.
But it is her singing career that she is best remembered for, having churned out evergreens like Walk With Style.
Sally and George have been shuttling between Hong Kong and San Francisco since their marriage, but work-wise, she has been taking it slow.
No more new albums or movies for her, just the occasional performance, such as this Saturday's Love, Sally concert organised by NTUC Club and Quebec Leisure for Valentine's Day. (To be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention Hall)
02-08-2007, 09:47 PM #2
Excellent interview johnps.
We badminton fans can't ask for a better spoke person than like Sally.
I hope her infectious love for badminton is contagious and start to spread across north america
02-08-2007, 10:23 PM #3
02-08-2007, 11:48 PM #4
Great read! We all know Sally's pretty hardcore when it comes to badminton. I know I need someone to help me with cooking, laundry, cleaning though..
02-09-2007, 02:50 AM #5
didnt know that a superstar like her likes badminton too
02-09-2007, 03:11 AM #6
everything said is true. i have seen Sally tirelessly running around GGBC doing computer and office and design work. she complains when her arm was injured and cannot play badminton, but she cannot resist the addiction... i mean temptation and she goes out and play with her left arm.
her dedication and devotion to badminton is very admirable indeed!
02-09-2007, 04:50 AM #7
yeah, great job, the sport really does need more publicity and celebrity patronage never hurts ...
02-09-2007, 05:03 AM #8
oh well, imagine tom cruise, brad pit, jessica alba, to promote badminton,
02-09-2007, 10:31 AM #9
for someone that love badminton so bad that u are willing to re-learn badminton with your non-everyday arm is simply amazing..
celebrity or not, hats off to Sally
Except.. i would rather not see Tom bouncing off sofa with a badminton racket in hand
Last edited by chessymonkey; 02-09-2007 at 10:34 AM.
02-09-2007, 12:09 PM #10
If anyone's interested..
..you guys can read/see more of her posts & pics(yes, playing baddie) in this sub-forum:
Last edited by ctjcad; 02-09-2007 at 12:19 PM.
02-09-2007, 12:16 PM #11
11 hours of work a day 7 days a week + housework?! She must be super woman :P
02-12-2007, 10:58 PM #12
Sally Yeh plays badminton in Singapore!
Found these interviews in our local news. Enjoy!
Music, her first love. Badminton, her affair
08 February 2007 - Sally tells us how obsessed she is with badminton which is her second calling. We find out just how deep her obsession can go with our probing questions. Be entertained as Stomp follows her to a friendly badminton match with the NTUC club members.
A date with the evergreen Sally Yeh
08 February 2007 - We snuggle down with Sally Yeh as she gets personal with her philosophies and brutally honest thoughts on the music industry. Also watch this clip for what you can expect from her Valentine's Day concert this Saturday!
Sally gives all in a personal interview
08 February 2007 - Sally Yeh gives Stomp a warm interview that thaws the distant memories since her last appearance here in 2003. For fans, be glad to know her ethereal grace has not left her as she faces our occasional awkward questions bravely.
Sally Yeh in Concert
10 February 2007 - Sally Yeh performs "Cheers" at her concert in Suntec City Convention Centre
02-12-2007, 11:08 PM #13
thx for the links sealman.
08-13-2007, 10:58 AM #14
Sally Yeh at Penang, Malaysia.
if the local developer build a badminton hall, she will move here immediately; quoted by Sally herself....
08-13-2007, 11:07 AM #15
08-13-2007, 11:09 AM #16
08-13-2007, 11:21 AM #17
I will be happy if she moves to Malaysia. Her husband loves Malaysia too.
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