Making the Canadian Commonwealth Team

I am very excited and honoured that I have been selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this summer. This prestigious event will be the first multi-sport event I have ever attended. The official announcement can be found here.

The journey to qualifying for the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, I did not think that I had a chance to qualify for the Games because I was coming off a season where I was injured for a little while and I did not perform well at tournaments, so I felt uncertain going in to the new season. In June 2013, at the Ottawa International, I had a great 3 set match with the number 1 Dutch player, Eric Pang, and that got me really fired up to train and perform to my best abilities at the tournaments during the year. When September came, I was still not thinking about qualifying for the Games because I was not too sure that I would qualify. However. after winning the Quebec national elite series tournament, I felt more confident and found out that I was actually in the running for a spot on the team! This motivated me even more, but I had an unfortunate loss at the Pan American badminton championships early in the tournament which did not help my rank. Despite this set back, in November, I made the quarter finals at the USA International and in January I won the Toronto Open National elite tournament (Yonex Ontario Elite Series) and those two strong performances placed me in the lead to qualify. After that, I had made a quarter final at the Canadian National Championships and that was enough to secure my lead. I was very thrilled and relieved when I found out I had qualified.

So…what’s next?

My next few months consist of a few tournaments, but mostly training and preparing for the Games. I will be raising funds for the Games by hosting an exhibition at the RA Centre, featuring some of Canada’s best badminton players. If you would like to come and help support me, it would be greatly appreciated! Stay tuned for more information about my exhibition in Ottawa and my training and preparation for the XX Commonwealth Games.

See you on the courts!
-Andrew
P.S. More information on the Badminton events at the XX Commonwealth Games can be found here.

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