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David Hong

David Hong.

The 14-year-old badminton player, from Oakwood and a student at Allestree Woodlands School, is on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport programme won a bronze medal at the English National Championships (Under-15) in the boys' doubles and a Badminton England performance player.

David says: "My badminton career started off when I was just seven years old. I got into badminton due to my brothers and father who would regularly play and couldn't wait to join them.

"For a large majority of my first few years playing badminton, I trained with my Dad and my brothers and eventually reached a level where I was the best in the county and going on to compete against the best in the country.

"A couple of years ago I started to take badminton more seriously then I had before and really started striving to become the best player I could be going from the three to four hitting sessions I had a week to starting to have individual coaching from James Boxall.

"I've also been taking part in regular gym sessions, received coaching from Andy Wood and also Ept sessions with Donna Kellogg - a lot of which is made possible with help from the DerbyshireInstitute of Sport (DIS) and also, in recent years, funding from ICON.

"It has made some financial decisions easier to make, to the point where I now train nine times a week.

"My best achievement so far came recently, when I reached the final of the boys' doubles in the Under-15 Langenfeld tournament, beating some of the best pairs in Europe on our way there and ultimately losing to the top seeds.

"My major goal for this season is to get selected for and final at the European Under-15 Championships."