Joining forces

This past week, the Challoner’s badminton squad was visited by England’s top men’s singles' player: the one and only Rajiv Ouseph. The European champion came and talked to the squad and even played with them. Rajiv spoke about his inspiring childhood and how his parents helped him kickstart his career as a professional badminton player.

The future of badminton faces the present of badminton

Rajiv spoke about his badminton life, giving us insights about his training schedule and resources he uses to get the edge over his opponents in tournaments. The squad were shocked to hear about how intense his training is and were keen on knowing how technology has come into preparing for matches. He mentioned how psychologists often help players around Badminton England. He talked about his badminton journey after starting at the age of nine. The Commonwealth silver medalist told us how he was encouraged by his family to go perform on the world stage. The pinnacle of his career so far has been winning the European championship this year in Denmark.

Talent visualised

The squad were lucky enough to play with Rajiv as he challenged us with his smashes and gave some of the squad some technique tips and some generous game time. Having won his first senior England cap at the age of 19, Rajiv has rapidly progressed in his career and told us about his preparations for the Indonesian open (which he was due to play a week after he met us). He is now aged 30 with 19 international tournament medals and hoping to be going to Tokyo in 2020 which would be his 3rd Olympic games. Rajiv will be in next year's Commonwealth games in Australia going for gold to add to his 3 Commonwealth medals.

Reaching for greatness
Time to smash it
Attacking play

Thanks go to Mr Deadman for organising the visit of Rajiv Ouseph and we wish him the very best for his future events.