Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“We had to travel for hours to find a court so my father constructed an indoor one on our land. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here now.”
“Eugene is my service dog and best friend.”
“The boys told me girls couldn’t beat guys. I persevered and eventually beat them all. They all quit then I had no one to play with but my coach.”
Former Olympian Milaine Cloutier remembers her early badminton journey.
“I usually beat him and he gets angry at me, and then if he beats me I get angry at him so we are very competitive that way.”
American Deaflympics player Judy Yang on playing against brother Jay.
“My net game is influenced by him, he used to play very well at the net. I’ve practised a lot with him, particularly the drop-and-dribble sequence.”
“Many said we are getting old and may not have a long runway. We strongly believe we have what it takes and are determined to prove them wrong with results.”
Orleans Masters mixed doubles winner Hee Yong Kai Terry.
“There is always chance because nothing is impossible.”
Malaysia’s doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky will not rule out his team winning the Thomas Cup in Bangkok next month.
“Sometimes people mistreat me or look down on me, but I continue to live my life spreading awareness that people with intellectual disabilities are just like everyone else.”
Papua New Guinea’s Raphael Tipua Otoase shares his experience of living with autism. Read his full interview with Special Olympics.
“It has taught me discipline, patience and resilience. I would not be the same person without badminton.”
Iris Wang on what she has gained from being a shuttler.