Peter Gade came to Canada last week, Toronto was his second and final stop of his tour. For those of you who don't know Peter Gade, he was a professional badminton player who played on the international stage for approx. 16 years for his home country Denmark. He's been ranked no. 1 in the world twice, the first in 1997 and another in 2006. Through his 16 years, he's managed to capture several european championships in both singles and team competition, participate in several Olympics and win the coveted all england tournament (the equivalent to winning the wimbledon in tennis).
Peter is an explosive player and is hailed by many as a legend in the badminton world. His explosive style, quick speed and famous deceptive shots places him among the greats the world has ever produced and Canada is lucky to have him come and exhibit badminton at the highest level.
During the exhibition, Peter took on team Canada's best in singles including the likes of Michelle Li, Jason Ho Shue and Nyl Yakura. While they all gave Peter a good run, in the end they all came up short. Watching Peter play rekindled some fond memories I used to have when aspiring to play in the Olympics for my country, unfortunately many injuries plagued my progress and I instead chose the path of higher education in place of higher badminton. But this goes to show you how difficult it is to achieve Peter's level, very few choose professional sports and even fewer succeed to reach that status. So big kudos to Peter, Michelle, Jason, Nyl and to all other players whose managed to reach such level, I'm certain many sacrifices were made along the way to reach such heights.
At the end of the evening, I'm re-inspired to train again. Although I'm past my prime, my goal is not necessarily to reach world stage, but to steadily improve and maintain my level of play. My end goal and dream is to ultimately be able to play and compete at a high level with my son Joshua one day. That would be a dream come true!
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