Why should you sponsor Andrew?
Andrew has been playing badminton since he was 11 years old, and he loves it! In 2007, he got to watch one of his coaches prepare for and represent Canada in men’s singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This experience inspired Andrew to focus on his training and performance so that he can be the best and one day represent Canada at the Olympics.
Andrew lives in Ottawa, Ontario and trains at the RA Centre, where he trains with other National-level players. Over the years, he has been coached by Doris Piché, Mike Bitten and currently, Andrew Dabeka, who are all former Olympians. As well, with strong recommendations from Ram Nayyar of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Andrew trained in India at the prestigious Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad for a period of two months in the summer of 2011. He had the opportunity to train with the top players on the Indian National Squad and this international experience greatly improved his game and helped him develop as a player.
Prior to going to India, Andrew won the Yonex Junior National Championships (2010). Following his training in India, he played the World Junior Championship, Taipei, Taiwan in October 2011. He also played the Yonex Dutch Junior tournament and the Yonex German Open in early 2012. Later in 2012, he became the U19 Canadian Junior badminton champion and the 2012 Pan American Junior badminton champion. In October 2012, he played at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Chiba, Japan.
More recently, Andrew has played in the US Open and Canadian Open every July. He won the Quebec national elite series tournament in September 2013 and in November, he made the quarter finals at the USA International. In January 2014 he won the Toronto Open National elite tournament and secured himself a spot on the Canadian Commonwealth Team.
The Road Ahead
In order to qualify for the Olympics, Andrew needs to travel and play more tournaments, starting with the Commonwealth Games this summer. Following these Games, he wants to represent Canada at the Pan Am Championships in 2015 and at the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, he cannot do this alone. Andrew’s expenses are approximately $15,000 CAD per year and this will increase to $20,000 – $25,000 per year in 2015 and 2016 as he travels and plays more tournaments to qualify for the Olympics. With your help, Andrew can travel to more tournaments, both nationally and internationally, and better prepare for the 2016 Olympics.
How to Sponsor Andrew
If you would like to financially assist Andrew in his journey to the Olympics, please use the button below to donate online or you can contact him at email@example.com to make other arrangements. Your generous donations will go towards training, flights and tournament fees to enhance his game and gain points in order to qualify for the Olympics.
Your support is greatly appreciated!