2012 CP Badminton Youth Camp with London Olympians
August 17- 19, 2012 at CP Badminton Club, College Point, NY
The 3-day CP Badminton Youth Camp with 2012 London Olympians is finally concluded. All 50 participants (42 juniors and 8 adults) received their certificates of completion signed by the Olympians Marc Zwiebler, Michael Fuchs, Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan. With the flashlights popping like lightning from every corner of the gym and video cameras focusing on so many smiling faces, all kids lined up waiting for their photo opportunities with their favorite coaches before saying bon voyage.
Mr. Glenn Statins was pleased that his son John had the opportunity to learn from the Olympians and came out from the camp a better player.
“I want Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan to coach me again next year. Please promise me, I will come again,” said the little 8 year old, Andrew Zhang, the youngest of all the campers.
The 2012 CPBC Youth Camp surely was a memorable one. The camp opened with Howard Bach showing all the participants the proper stretching exercises. After the initial evaluation by the coaches, the participants were divided into 6 groups based on their age, ability and skill levels.
Marc Zwiebler demonstrated the basic foot works and various net shots, accompanied by Michael Fuchs explaining each step in detail.
The most eye-opening demonstration was Tony Gunawan showing his superb defensive skills by returning the powerful smash from Howard Bach.
The challenging drills started after the coaches’ demonstration. All participants tried to perfect their shots and keep up with their footwork as the coaches continued feeding the shuttles.
Perhaps, the most exciting event for all the kids was the ‘One-on-One Challenge’ session. Four of the NER Elite Juniors Cayen Clayton, Brianna Wang, Raymond Chen and Nicholas Waller were all determined to take down the Olympian coaches during the one on one full court encounter. Of course many tried, but none were successful.
Some were wondering what was Coach Tony Gunawan doing with a group of eight ‘over-aged’ kids in CP Youth Camp. The initial idea came from Mr. Raymond Chow, “I’m glad that my daughter Zoe has this wonderful opportunity to join the camp. I never had such a chance when I grew up.” He said, “How about taking me and my wife too? It seems too great an opportunity to pass up.” I hesitated for a moment, “Youth camp with adults? That sounds weird!” Fiction or real …… standing tall in CP Court #1, the two fearless old warriors, Lin Vance, a die-hard badminton enthusiast from CP, mother of 2 children and next to her, Mirei Kato, with racket in her right hand, a bottle of Gatorade in the other hand and towel around her neck, perhaps a few Advil® or Tylenol® later at night, finally prevailed with the rain of shuttles fired by Tony Gunawan in the doubles rotational drill.
Though physically exhausted, their spirits were uplifted, and another legendary story is forever remembered in the history of CPBC.
The courts were cleared, and the lights were finally off at CP Badminton Club. The Tournament Committee considered this a job well done, yet there is a big promise to be fulfilled for little Andrew next year.
By Albert Toe, CPBC Tournament Committee, 8/30/12