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    Default Am i too late to become a proffesional?

    Hey all,
    It really dissapoints me that i've started badminton quite late. I started badminton on August 2013, but i only started training from a coach in February. I have a passion for this sport, i wish to compete in higher levels and in other countries. Im 13 now and its less than a year of me and badminton. What that surprises me is despite of me starting quite late, i can definitely challenge some local badminton players who started at age 9. They are 14 now. And i can beat some players who played for 3 years. I train every monday wednesday, friday, and saturday. My dream is to be a placer in the World Junior Championships, is it too late? Im quite depressed

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    You can only try your best in training and in competitions and keep enjoying the game.

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    It's definitely not too late. If you have the talent, support, commitment and dedication to improve, you will get there. There are numerous sportsmen and women that started late in their sports and still managed to get to the very top of their game. John McEnroe is probably the most famous, he was still an amateur until very late teens/early twenties. He then went on to become world no.1.

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    Colin Haughton did not attend a performance centre until he was 15 years old, and he reached No.1 in the English national rankings and attained No.19 in the world.

    Never too late to start, train hard and enjoy it.

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    Although Lin Dan started at age 7, LCW started at 11 and now I think LCW is poised to overshadow Lin Dan, at least in my mind. It's not too late for you! Also, my coach managed to place nationally in junior nationals after less than two years of training. Never give up hope.

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    You guys make it seem so easy . The first goal is to play in the WJC. Impossible: no but heavily dependent on which country as well but iirc it was Canada so probably not impossible . 12 is on the late side but not one of those (imo) mission "impossibles" of starting at 19 and becoming a pro (depending on your definition of pro) in one of the top badminton countries ...

    McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens, New York. He started playing tennis when he was eight years old at the nearby Douglaston Club with his brothers. When he was nine, his parents enrolled him in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, and he soon started playing regional tournaments. He then began competing in national juniors tournaments, and at twelve—when he was ranked seven in his age group—he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, Long Island, New York
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahehehehe View Post
    Hey all,
    It really dissapoints me that i've started badminton quite late. I started badminton on August 2013, but i only started training from a coach in February. I have a passion for this sport, i wish to compete in higher levels and in other countries. Im 13 now and its less than a year of me and badminton. What that surprises me is despite of me starting quite late, i can definitely challenge some local badminton players who started at age 9. They are 14 now. And i can beat some players who played for 3 years. I train every monday wednesday, friday, and saturday. My dream is to be a placer in the World Junior Championships, is it too late? Im quite depressed

    Thanks
    I started three years ago, at grade 7 and I started competitively at half of grade eight to nine, I train Tuesday Thursday Friday and Sunday , about 9 hours per session. I'm aiming for international too I'm still 15, is there a league you could go into ? It could help you? Here in Alberta, I'm going to play Junior Circuit in Alberta in badminton Alberta. These programs help you out, you should find some!

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    The odd is not on your side but amazing things do happen in life. If you have the drive and passion then why not. You may be an exceptional one. You will never know until you try. BCers will be happy to see your name on the starting list of the future WJC.

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    Well, im still struggling to find the right coach for me. Well, i still got 5 years. 5 years to train, compete, get into tournaments, and get in the number 1 spot. Seems quite impossible. I hope im gifted like Taufik, he's my idol.

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    It strongly depends on where you live!

    In Indonesia, odds are against you, even if you start at age of 5. Just because there are so many talents. And to be one of the best and be picked for WC is very unlikely, even for veeeery strong players.

    If you're from Timbuktu, New Zealand or Mexico, it might well be possible to be picked (and lose badly in the 1st round of WC, but that's another story...;-))

    (yes, I'm exaggerating, but you got my point...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by |_Footwork_| View Post
    It strongly depends on where you live!

    In Indonesia, odds are against you, even if you start at age of 5. Just because there are so many talents. And to be one of the best and be picked for WC is very unlikely, even for veeeery strong players.

    If you're from Timbuktu, New Zealand or Mexico, it might well be possible to be picked (and lose badly in the 1st round of WC, but that's another story...;-))

    (yes, I'm exaggerating, but you got my point...).
    True. If it were somebody living in Indonesia or China, then it would be impossible. The competition is just too fierce.

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    The possibility is quite real in Canada. Work hard, train hard, play hard. If you commit enough, you'll succeed (in Canada, anyways).

    I'm not looking to become pro, but I'm hoping to play some tournaments outside of school with my club. I haven't been able to qualify for my clubs team yet, as the players there are better (and younger ) than I. Hopefully I'll be able to achieve this, and hopefully you will achieve your goals too.

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    Surviving Age groups badminton...

    This is a period when development > results despite what parents may want from u.

    You may win or lose a hundred tourneys in age groups but will amount to zero in open category.

    Keep your head down and aim for the long term goals.

    Becoming a professional depends more than just your skill. Its about your professional work ethic and your guts.

    Get a good coach. One that knows their stuff regardless if they were a pro player before...

    Don't let anyone especially your trainer grind you down physically n emotionally.

    Learn the game. Love the game. Live the game.

    Do this and you are half way there.

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