Tuesday, August 14, 2012
MD FIL-AM WINS GOLD IN PAN-AM BADMINTON TILT
The son of a Filipino-American couple from
Md. recently won the gold medal at the 21st
Pan-American Junior Badminton Championships in Canada.
Don Henley Averia, who turned 9 last February, topped his division in the under-11 age group at the junior badminton tilt held in
July 25-29. , Edmonton Canada
The games drew the most promising shuttlecock players in the Under-11 to Under-13 categories from 16 countries.
It was his first Badminton World Federation (BWF) tournament, mother Treldy enthused. “I am very proud of this win,” she said.
“He feels victorious because he was up against a 10-year-old Peruvian boy who was about 3 inches taller than him,” his mother revealed, adding that the gold medal was a “big reward” for all the preparation that required daily practices for the past 3 months.
He was the only Fil-Am in the
US badminton juniors team. He
earned the slot by winning the qualifying trials held in Boston,
Ma. last April via a 7-0 sweep of his games.
Don has been playing badminton since he was 5 years old and likely adopted the sport from his father who plays it for recreation and exercise.
The family is currently based in
Qatar so Don goes to the
international school there.
“We would bring him to the badminton court with us whenever we had time to play,” she recounted. “He was fascinated by the quick moves of the game and how one could outsmart his opponent.”
He later joined the
where he swept games in the singles and doubles categories for both the
Under-10 and Under-13 age groups.
“He has always been praised for his excellent footwork and intelligence in the court. During his first tournament outside
he was voted Most Promising Player,” Treldy told the Manila Mail.
Don points to 28-year-old Chinese 4-time world and reigning Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan as his biggest sports hero.
“Badminton is something would love to pursue professionally,” she averred. “He hopes to uplift the level of badminton in
“Most Americans regard it as a backyard sport – something anyone could play while cooking barbecue on a hot summer day. There are very few badminton courts in the East Coast although Treldy says its fast gaining popularity in the West Coast, especially in
“It’s his dream to play for the
US team in the Olympics,” the boy’s
mom stressed. “He would love to play for the Philippines we have not had the
chance to try-out for the junior squad.”
She confessed they seldom visit the
anymore so it was difficult for Don to participate in tournaments so he can
qualify for the national team.