Yesterday was the first An Yu and Tan and Tan Lawyers Family Fun Tournament. We started at 1130 am. There were nearly 50 teams competing. Judy Cousin, our previous BAWA chairperson and Kay Terry, former Aus national champ also turn up as parents for hire.
You could feel the excitement in the air with all the young players and their parents turning up for the first ever Family tournament. Yes, usually when the kids play badminton, the parents just drop them off at training and go shopping. Not today, the parents had to stay and take part.
What a great day to see all the parents encouraging their children.
The games were competitive. The parents were great sports, giving the younger players a chance. Some of the state players were great too giving the less experienced parents a good chance to play. I know I beat Xiang and his dad Tung because Xiang did not smash me.
More importantly it was seeing Xiang play with his dad Tung that made it such a great day. Tung has been driving Xiang to all his matches. That is if Wendy, Xiang's mum is not available. I have never seen Tung play badminton before. Xiang however is an Australian champ thanks to his parents.
Just before the tournament started, Xiang was giving Tung some training. I warned Tung not to
get injured. It is seeing families like this that makes this tournament so great .
I saw how the parents and children gave everything they had.
There were tears from some of the players. Young Selyna Xiao was in tears after she lost her semi finals in the Under 11s. I had to console her that she still had a chance to win a medal for the 3rd place. Her father Ardy was a great gentlemen not smashing at the younger players.
Well, Selyna did win her bronze trophy. She won against Ben Lee and Ed Lee another great family of players.
Ed Lee has 4 boys. He played in the Under 11s and Under 14s. He partnered Ben and lost in the fight for 3rd place despite giving his all. Ben was in tears. I was told by my sons Tyz and Jaz that they had to console Ben who is like a kid brother to them.
Apparently my sons told Ben that he had to train harder so that he can help his dad to play better just like Jaz and Tyz did by becoming state players. By elevating themselves, they improved my game???
Any way, they asked Ben to go and hug his dad and he did. How sweet.
By the way, Jaz and I nearly got to the semis but lost to Kai Jie and Iris as I was not smashing Iris.
Iris and Kai Jie lost to Shinta and Marcus whom Jaz and I beat. However as we lost to KaiJie and Iris, they progressed to the semis.
Kai Jie and Iris came 4th after losing to Bella and Bradly.
Sok Teoh and Kai Chen finally triumphed against Saliya and Milan in the finals after 2 sets.
Sok Teoh and Bernice did not do so well in the Under 14s finals as Sok was worn out and suffering physically. They lost to Ben Wai and his dad in 2 sets giving Ben Wai and David the gold.
Ronny and his mum got the bronze.
Which reminds me that the rule for next year is that each parent can only play in 1 age group. We had several parents playing in 2 age groups. Teck Hin was totally out with an injury after playing with his 2 twin daughters.
Only Michael Zheng survived physically winning the Under 11s with Joanne after a tough 3 setter.
Daniel Nga and David Nga gave a good fight but had to contend with 2nd place.
Michael also played in the Under 14s reaching the semis and 4th place with his son Jackie.
So where do we go from here? This has been a great event and the joy of seeing the parents playing with their child is priceless. I am sure we will hold this event again next year.
In the meantime, my thanks to Lee Fa and Irene for doing the match desk. Also to Diane and the Wans for helping in the kitchen.
But the biggest thanks goes to Coach Yu Li for believing in this vision that was created one day at her home while celebrating the Malaysian trip with the team and parents.
We said a family tournament would be great for parent and child and we did it.
Thanks also to my dearest darling wife Annie for always supporting my crazy ideas. We did it and next year it will be bigger.
Second: David Nga/ Daniel Nga
Third : Ardy Xiao/ Selyna/Xiao
Fourth : Ben Lee/ Ed Lee
Under 14 First : Benjamin Wai /David Way
Second: Bernice Teoh /Sok Teoh
Third : Romy P/ Aminah P
Fourth : Michael Zheng/Jackie Zheng
Over 14 First : Kaichen Teoh/Sok Teoh
Second: Milain R /Salia R
Third : Bradley Chen /Bella Liu
Fourth : KaiJie Teoh /Iris Yap
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