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.
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
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