Josephine Wu is one of the top Canadian badminton players

Edmonton resident Wu represented Canada at the 2020 Olympics in mixed doubles, finishing ninth with partner Joshua Hurlburt-Yu.

YORKTON – In Canada, we often think of badminton as a sport that we learned about in school and usually played with cheap racquets and nets on the beach or in the backyard.

But it’s much more than just leisure activities as the Badminton World Federation hosts professional events around the world and the best players compete for medals at events such as the Summer Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.

Josephine Wu is one of the best Canadian players.

Edmonton resident Wu represented Canada at the 2020 Olympics in mixed doubles, finishing ninth with partner Joshua Hurlburt-Yu.

“Wu made her BWF World Championship debut in 2018 when she played in women’s doubles with Michelle Tong. Later that year she formed a mixed doubles partnership with Joshua Hurlburt-Yu. In 2019, they won gold at the Canadian Championships, Pan American Championships and Pan American Games. They successfully defended their Pan Am Championship title in 2021,” her biography noted on Olympic.ca.

The Olympic place was of course a career highlight for Wu so far.

“It represented Canada on the biggest sports stage in the world,” she said, adding that even without people in the stands, the experience was amazing. “… I was very proud to be able to represent my country.”

At the moment of playing, “I was just really grateful that the event was going on at all. . . I really just thought my hard work wasn’t wasted.”

Wu is also on a shortlist for the Canadian team, which travels to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, starting July 28 with new partner Ty Alexander Lindeman.

When asked about the Commonwealth possibility, Wu said who would leave had not been officially announced, although she admitted she was hopeful.

In the meantime, a new initiative to promote badminton will be launched.

More than 87 years ago, on July 5th, 1934, the International Badminton Federation (today BWF) was founded.

In recognition of this significant date and to make this a public holiday for badminton worldwide, World Badminton Day is observed annually on July 5, according to a press release.

In the story, BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer expressed his excitement at the news: “World Badminton Day offers us a unique opportunity to simultaneously celebrate and promote the sport we love. I look forward to following the different World Badminton Day activities and seeing their impact on our sport around the world.”

Wu said she likes the idea of ​​one day promoting the sport.

“I think it’s a good way to raise awareness about the sport,” she said, adding that it’s important to remind people that while gardening is a great pastime, it can be a lot more can.

“It’s good to tell people what competitive badminton is like. There aren’t many people who know anything about the competition side.”

Wu said that internationally it is a different story as badminton has a much higher profile in many countries.

Wu added that the sport is very popular overall as it is among the sports that are played the most at one level or another.

For her part, Wu started a thug at a young age, following in her mother’s footsteps.

“Mom grew up playing badminton,” she said, adding that she and her father both played in a club for free time and she used to run around the courts from a very young age.

“Once I was old enough and strong enough to hold a racquet, I was.”

Wu’s father may have seen his young daughter’s potential and enrolled her in a summer camp for the sport before she was six years old.

Wu said she was told “after day one” that she told her father, “I love this sport.”

What did Wu fall in love with about badminton?

“For me it’s just the complexity of the game and there’s a good balance between stamina and also strength,” she said.

Wu said much about badminton that it means beating an opponent in one shot, not always about scoring a point, but instead forcing an expected type of return that sets up a next shot – much like chess has multiple moves in it to think ahead.

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