PE student shines in Irish Para Badminton Open 2017
Daniel pushes himself hard during the competition
Daniel Chan (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 1) clinched silver medals in the men’s singles and doubles events and a bronze in the mixed doubles in the wheelchair category of the Irish Para-Badminton Open 2017.
Daniel had a long journey to Europe and he had to overcome jetlag, but he was not under much pressure in the tournament as the skill levels of badminton players in Asia are widely recognised as the world’s highest. However, he had problems with his wheelchair’s seat belt, which broke three times. This not only used up all his spare belts but also adversely affected his confidence and performance.
Daniel will go on to Japan and the USA in the coming months to compete in international tournaments, so he will be adjusting his study schedule to fit in with his sporting commitments. He said “I managed to strike a good balance between life as an athlete and a student last year, which I attribute to the trust and help given to me by the Department of Physical Education and my teachers. As I did not need to worry about administrative procedures, my performances in both sports and studies were better than expected. I am confident I can continue to perform well in the coming years.”