The national junior badminton players had an opportunity to train with some junior players from the Maribrynong College which is also a sports school based in Melbourne, Australia. The players arrived on the 27th November till 4th December for a one-week exchange program where they stayed at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and experience the life of the national junior athletes living here. There were a total of seven players from Maribrynong aged between 13 to 19 years old were selected to join the national training in Malaysia.
The visit by these players to BJSS is a result of a collaboration between the school and a sports institute in Australia initiated by the Malaysian Education Ministry and Australia-Malaysia Institute that began in the 2010. The objective is to expand the collaboration between the two countries in various aspects especially in sports.
According to BJSS badminton coordinator, Mohd. Najib Ab. Latif, the players were not only able to train together but they eventually developed a strong bond of friendship among themselves.
“Our juniors, who were 13 and 14 years old had a good experience communicating and getting to know the players from Australia. Being the youngest in the national junior team, these players do participate in overseas tournaments but it may not be as often as their seniors.
Hence, training and having match play with the Australians gave them the exposure needed and provided them with an international tournament atmosphere that will help them especially when they begin competing in more tournaments outside Malaysia. The players were also looking forward to visit the Australians but this time in Melbourne instead”, said Najib at Bukit Jalil.