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06-21-2007, 11:29 PM #1
Australia Olympic 2012 Badminton Team - Looking For Players.
Looking for Girls ONLY !!!
Interested, register here:
Article from Herald Sun (copy from the above link)
YOU can't win 'em all, it's true. So it's never been a big deal that Australia has yet to bring home an Olympic or world championships medal of any colour in badminton.
Not quite "who cares?", perhaps -- but, well, hands up anyone who does.
However, when that little piece of Olympic history appeared on the curriculum of a prominent Melbourne school yesterday, it came with a $20 million price tag.
Or its share of it, anyway.
That's how much the Federal Government's Sports Commission is pouring in over four years to a talent identification program aimed at beefing up the so-called minor sports which have never made any significant contribution to the medal tables to which funding and sponsorship are inextricably linked.
There are 17 sports involved, including athletics, rowing, hockey, tae kwon do, skating and kayaking.
Rowing and mountain-biking and the winter sport of skeleton have already delivered some success.
Now badminton has been pushed to the front of the queue with a project called Jump Smash, which was launched at Wesley College's Elsternwick campus yesterday by the talent campaign's official ambassador, Alisa Camplin.
Camplin is no badminton player, of course -- but she is an Olympic gold medallist in a sport that had a similarly modest profile not all that long ago, freestyle aerial skiing.
And because she came to that sport after flirting with athletics, gymnastics and sailing, the message she is trying to sell comes from the heart: that if you don't have a go, you'll never know if you could have been good enough to represent Australia.
"There is no better experience in the world," she told scores of teenage students.
Her audience was exclusively girls, who are considered more likely than boys to adapt and advance quickly if they show potential. And there is a certain urgency, with the London Olympics in 2012 the target.
The search is centred on Victoria, and candidates should be between 10 and 13 and naturally sporty, strong, powerful, fast and mentally tough, the sales pitch says.
Netball, squash, tennis and volleyball players would be suited, and girls who are accepted into the program will benefit from world-class coaching, sports science and elite competition.
If that sounds like a big ask, well, we are looking for Olympians here. And the competition is hotter than the unaware might think.
It is the fifth most-played sport in the world, with more than 200 million competitors, mostly in Asia. In Malaysia, for instance, its popularity and importance rivals football's here.
And as this column discovered during the 1992 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, big crowds generate enormous atmosphere.
That might never be the case here but the first girl to win a medal will make history.
Girls can register their interest on the ASC's website www.ausport.gov.au/talent no later than June 29.
06-21-2007, 11:46 PM #2
06-22-2007, 12:12 AM #3
Future Olympians from CCC Badminton
Yes... I have read this article in yesterday, Thursday 21-Jun-2007, newspaper too.
We have 3 strong candidates from our CCC Badminton... but they are just a little too young at the moment.
Anyway... Watch Out for our 3 young girls from our CCC Badminton, Melbourne, Australia in years to come;
1. Joanna Ng, aged 7
2. Sarah Teh, aged 8
3. Hannah Chan, aged 9
Our CCC Badminton will help these 3 girls to be future Olympians!!!
Last edited by chris-ccc; 06-22-2007 at 12:22 AM.
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