First National Level USA Badminton High Performance Development Conference Takes Off

Nov. 12, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

First National Level USA Badminton High Performance Development Conference Takes Off

The first national level USA Badminton High Performance Development Conference took off yesterday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs. The conference will be held from November 11-13, 2012. Invitations were sent out to clubs and also published on the website in late August. Nine (9) clubs committed to attend. 

The conference was planned to take the partnership between USAB, USOC and all badminton clubs in the United States to a much more structured and organized level.  The primary aim of this conference is to highlight the importance of a long term high performance plan involving the USOC, USAB and clubs with the goal of placing a U.S. badminton athlete on the Olympic podium and on the world stage. Among the highlights are among the key tactics of the high performance plan, the certification of clubs as Training Centers (TC) or High Performance Clubs (HPC).

The conference started with Mohan Subramaniam, USAB Director of Coaching and High Performance welcoming the club representatives to the conference which was the first of its kind. Both Dr. Fred Coleman and Mohan Subramaniam continued on the background leading to the organizing of this conference. 

Also present at the opening were keynote speaker, Wesley Barnett, USOC Team Leader for Team Sports and Racquet, Endurance & Boat Sports and Katie Baker, USOC Sports Performance Manager. Wesley  spoke on the USOC Future Direction and How the USOC views the Sport of Badminton. 

Conference participants:

DON CHEW Orange County Badminton Club

CAI ZI MIN Orange County Badminton Club

ERIC McMULLIN San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club

JACK SOONG San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club

ROSE LEI California Badminton Academy

WENDY CARTER Seattle Badminton Club

NICK JINADASA Bellvenue Badminton Club

YVONNE CHERN Boston Badminton Club

ANDY CHONG Boston Badminton Club

SHANNON POHL Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy

EVA HUANG Affinity Badminton Club

CHUNMING HUA Affinity Badminton Club

HARRY TAN Bay Badminton Center

JASON LIU Bay Badminton Center

Conference presenters: 

Wesley Barnett – USOC Team Leader for Team Sports and Racquet, Endurance & Boat Sports; 

Scott Schnitzspahn – USOC High Performance Director

Katie Baker – Manager, USOC Sports Performance

Eric Lawson – USOC Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Physiologist

Chris Snyder – USOC Director of Coaching

Malia S. Arlington – USOC Director, Ethics & Safe Sports

Doru Teodor Gheorghe – USA Table Tennis Chief Operating Officer & High Performance Director

Dr. Fred Coleman – USAB Board Member & Chair, Junior Advisory Group

Mohan Subramaniam  - USAB Director, Coaching & High Performance


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