THE FINISHING LINE
Family Court
HER SUNDAY AFTERNOON BADMINTON SESSIONS WITH HER FATHER INSPIRED JASLYN HOOI TO TAKE UP THE SPORT PROFESSIONALLY.
30-Mar-2020

Time spent with your kids can inspire them to achieve great things. Just ask Jaslyn Hooi, one of the local badminton scene’s rising stars. At just 20, she is already ranked among the top 100 players in the world. Her recent performance at the Southeast Asian Games last December - where she defeated world number 27 Fitriani 13-21, 21-16, 21-16 - earned widespread acclaim.

While years of vigorous training at the Singapore Sports School and Singapore Badminton Association have honed her technical skills, Jaslyn says that her weekly matches with her father taught her all the other skills needed to be a professional sportsman. "Losing with grace, commitment to training and showing good sportsmanship... these were the values that my dad instilled in me and I have never forgotten them," says Jaslyn, who is now pursuing a Diploma in Business Management at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The commitment to training came in handy seven years ago, when at 13, she enrolled in the Singapore Sports School under a scholarship. "We would train up to four hours a day, six times a week," she recalls. "But it was vital that I had that (experience) because it proved to me that I really was committed to playing."

She believes that those hours of training - which she chalks up to this day - will make her goals for this decade a reality. These include breaking into the ranks of the top 50 and qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. While she can’t predict if she’ll stay in professional sports forever, there’s one thing she’s certain of: whatever she’s doing, her racquet will always be nearby. "I wanted to play it every day when I was growing up and that hasn’t changed,"she says.

DID YOU KNOW?
Badminton grew in popularity in Singapore in the 1950s. Enthusiasts were so eager to play, they started forming clubs to meet and play the game. Some of the more popular ones included the Mayflower Badminton Party, Marigold Badminton Party, Useful Badminton Party and Diehard Badminton Party.

Source: National Library Board