Impressive Performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship
The 2012 World Junior Championship (WJC) in Chiba, Japan successfully completed on Nov 3rd with strong participation from the USA. The USA Team was represented by 13 of our top Under-19 junior players from various states. This was the first USA Junior Team that put up a very strong showing at the World Junior Championship series. In this World Junior Championship series USA performances include wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka. Even the ties against France and Germany were very close. Overall, USA improved its ranking from 21st (out of 22 teams) in 2011 in 2012 to 20th (out of 30 teams).
Head coach, Andy Chong, was very satisfied with the performance and said, “We performed well and received praises from historically strong badminton countries such as Germany and Hong Kong on the quality of our players and I think it is attributed to the hard work and discipline of the players.”
Team manager, Carl Khor, was very impressed with the organization of the event and the extremely high quality competition. He said, “We certainly put up a strong team that produced great performances. I believe such a wonderful experience at the world stage will last a life time for all our players”.
Both Dr. Fred Coleman (USAB Board Member & Junior Advisory Group Chair) and Mohan Subramaniam, USAB Director of Coaching & High Performance view this was a very positive piece of development and augured well for the future of the USA. They attributed it to numerous factors such as, the strong support from parents especially in funding athletes, athletes’ clubs which provided the coaching and training platform, as well as the improvement in the quality and intensity of coaching. They also paid tribute to the WJC Management Team of Carl and Allysa Khor for a well coordinated and organized pre-World Junior preparation. The WJC Management Team began coordination work beginning December 2011 to ensure that the USA Team had a smooth trip to Japan. Both Dr. Fred and Mohan also thanked the coaching staff – head coach, Andy Chong and assistant coach, Don Chew for all their effort. Finally USAB really appreciates (Yvonne Chern) Boston Badminton for supporting Andy Chong to take time off to coach the USA Team.
The 2013 World Junior Championship will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
MS Jeffrey Kuo
MS Alan Shekhtman
MS William Cheung
WS Iris Wang
WS Emily Kan
WS Christine Chen
MD Jeffrey Kuo & Phillip Chew
MD Alan Shekhtman & Michael Julian Buasan
WD Iris Wang & Emily Kan
WD Christine Chen & Jenny Jin
XD Phillip Chew & Iris Wang
XD Christopher Kan & Emily Kan
XD William Cheung & Christine Chen