National Shuttle Time Coordinator, FEBaD
I was born in a small coastal village in the town of Mbini, in a large family of eight children. My mother lost three of her first children at childbirth because of the precarious situation she was in, as a single mother. We moved to Gabon for better opportunities. I did my schooling in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, and then moved to Equatorial Guinea for work.
Running into Badminton
I saw badminton for the first time at my son’s school in 2018. As the rackets resembled those of tennis, I was curious and found that it was being delivered to a physical education teacher at my son’s school. That was the magical moment when I discovered badminton.
I have played other sports, such as taekwondo and boxing, but I couldn’t continue for long because of their requirements. On the other hand, badminton soon became my favourite sport and that of my family.
All badminton-related events are memorable. From schools, training camps, and even the promenade where you can practice this sport outdoors, all that counts. Also memorable are the various national competitions which attract a lot of people and which have helped me make many friends.
Badminton is a healthy activity. Nearly everyone can enjoy badminton and that makes it different from many other contact sports. Badminton development programmes at school level foster closeness between children, and it is not a physically risky activity.
Impact of Shuttle Time
Shuttle Time has allowed a large number of people to get familiar with badminton and has made them multiplier agents of the sport.
It is the most powerful tool we have to make badminton known. Schools are places with many people, and they are ideal spaces for spreading badminton. School badminton should be priority for any federation to spread the sport.