Aimed to carry the program into the grassroots, 3rd District Representative and Philippine badminton Association Secretary-General Albee Benitez has lead the conduct of talent identification and leveling of local players over the weekend in Victorias City as well as gave his words of sending badminton players to Indonesia for 2-month training.
Indonesian top shuttlers Tiek Ming, Ruby Wejaya and Wang Lili led the leveling of around 50 players from Negros Occidental and Iloilo.
Among these players who underwent the leveling process came from the University of St. La Salle, Trinity Christian School and St. Scholastica’s Academy in Bacolod City; the Cadiz City Badminton Team and the Valiant Badminton Club of Iloilo.
Jaguar Badminton Academy (JBA) head coach Jordan Sun said that the congressman strongly believes that Negros can be a big contributor in sending players to compete abroad. “In fact, though there is that proposal of sending our players to Indonesia to undergo training but I explained that we still have to consider their schools' schedules, among others. But I know this is the beginning of making a Negros-Philippine Team,” Sun stressed.
JBA, is the first ever badminton academy in the entire Western Visayas, that spearheaded the said talent identification activity.
Meanwhile, Sun said that the proposed badminton center of Rep. Benitez will be set up in Victorias City. “Basically this center is intended for the Negros team and will be built in Victorias which is an advantage in both north and south areas of the province,” Sun explained.
Sun also stressed that the Rep. Benitez will also focus on those players who truly cannot afford to get proper trainings but has the potential to excel.
Last month, JBA also spearheaded the 4-day badminton clinic also in Victorias City.
The activity was attended by around 30 badminton aspirants from different elementary school in the city. The said aimed to identify badminton prospects in the city for future competitions.*
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