USAB Womens Project Takes Off

Aug. 01, 2014, 12:34 p.m. (ET)

USAB U19 Women Take Off

In collaboration with the USOC, USAB is proud to announce the Women’s Project in order to identify and train women athletes to compete in badminton at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. 

The U-19 Women’s Project took off with an introductory camp at Z-Badminton from July 12-July to 16, 2014 led by Zhou Lei, USA Badminton Team Head Coach for the 2014 Pan Am Junior Championships. The camp was also run in conjunction with the 2014 Pan Am Junior U-19 Team preparation. A total of twenty girls were invited based on the results of the JIT results and coach recommendations. Eleven girls were able to commit to the camp. The players include: Kerry Xu, Annie Xu, Crystal Pan, Victoria Chen, Priscilla Long, Madeline Sporkert, Nicole Frevold, Brianna Wang, Sarah Chang, Ivy Xie, and Candy Zhang.

USA Badminton Director of Coaching and High Performance, Mohan Subramaniam coordinated the camp, and assisted the coaching team. The camp went well with the girls pushing themselves through the various tests, physical training and on court sessions that was held for five days with two sessions each day. The average duration of each session was three hours. Zhou Lei, Mohan and the coaches integrated practical tips pertaining to applied psychology, motivation, and tactical tips.

USA Badminton is thankful to the coaches who responded to Mohan’s invitation and made themselves available despite their tight work schedules. They include: Head Coach Zhou Lei, Salvador Banquiles, Raju Rai, Halim Haryanto Ho, Kowi Chandra, Hua Chunming, and Kate Hong Jing Yu.

The camp was further enhanced with the presence of a number of parents who worked as a team to organize local transport, meals, and refreshments for the players and coaches, and who continuously motivated the players. They were indeed an integral part of this successful camp. Thank you parents!!

Players and parents will be contacted by Johanes Susanto, USA Badminton Junior International Coordinator and/or Mohan Subramaniam, USA Badminton Director of Coaching and High Performance regarding future plans.