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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 17th 2009
52 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 18, 2009 MB Inner-West Weekly Sport Junior Sports Star nominee Chan Chen plays badminton. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0643972 Chan an inspiration SHIREEN KHALIL BE IN THE RUNNING TWO AWARDS: Our Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive a medal and $1000, and the Young Achiever will receive a medal and $500, sponsored by Rebel Sports and Wests Ashfield ELIGIBILITY: Sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the local area TO ENTER: Fill in the nomination form in our sports section or go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au CHAN Chen's quick reflexes and skilful strokes have put to shame some of the more experienced badminton players in Aust- ralia. The Ashfield Boys High student has only been playing for three years and has already shocked his school with his many competitive wins. Although Chan is only 14, he played in the under-17 Australasian championships at Ballarat recently using his skill to knock out more than 600 competitors to rank third. ''I usually have ups and downs but I performed at my peak in this tournament,'' Chan said. On top of this great success Chan came second in the under-15s for Australia and third in the University of NSW open tournament in June this year, beating competitors of all ages. Chan, who trains five days a week, got into the sport after watching his father play. ''My dad was a badminton player and I joined in after and found it fun and then I started to get coaching,'' Chan said. He said what made a good badminton player was reaction, agility and fitness. ''It's a lot faster than tennis even though the court is smaller because you cover twice as much,'' Chan said. ''I used to play tennis before badminton and I think it decreased my ability because it changed my strokes and I took time getting used to it when I switched back to badminton.'' Ashfield Boys principal Daisy Kokkalis described Chan as an outstanding and inspirational sportsman. ''He is committed and has got a fantastic desire to succeed,'' Ms Kokkalis said. ToPage50 JUNIOR SPORTS STAR 2009 CUMBERLAND COURIER MAJOR SPONSOR Multi Award WINNER! Inner West Weekly Business of the Year Winner- Trades & Services category ATFA- Best Timber Flooring Company Nationally WINNER 2078738K wk49 END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE your perfect floor
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