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Player Profile: Alice Torjussen

 

How did you get into badminton? 
I started by playing tennis and one day got offered by the badminton coach at the centre to try badminton. Even though I was terrible, I decided I liked it more than tennis straight away and played about 3 times a week. I had to quit tennis because I started doing badminton movement on tennis courts! I started playing when I was about 10 years old and by 12 I was playing for England.

What is your most memorable moment from badminton? 
When I was 14 and I played against the U15 Danish team (who were the best in Europe at the time) in a tournament and somehow beat their number 1 singles player! My coach, family and friends all said they'd never seen me play that good before. That was the first time I felt all my training and hard work had truly paid off! I will never forget that feeling!

As a woman, what do you feel like you get from badminton?
I mainly play badminton because it's great fun, especially when your friends play with you, and you get to meet lots of people from all around the world. It is also a good confidence booster, even if I don't win, the feeling of hitting the shuttle so hard and fast in the game is a great feeling and also good for stress relief!

What would you say to a woman who was thinking about joining badminton?
It's never too late to start playing badminton! You'll meet so many nice people playing it and have great fun. Come along to any Active US social session, join a local club or just book a court with friends. Even if you think you'll be terrible, try it anyway - everyone starts from the same level!

 

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