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Badminton Europe: 'Thinking out of the box to stay in the game'

While in the business world, “self-made” success stories are not uncommon but in the sports, success is often first appointed then earned through hard work.

Especially in badminton where world champions are often “pre-selected” to be nurtured from as young as 9-years-old in Asia, but for Danish world champion Thomas Laybourn, his journey had barely begun even when he was 19-years-old.

“I was very lazy in my teens. I didn’t want to practice. I just wanted to hang out with my friends”, Laybourn confessed. “Then suddenly, something changed. Usually I just say that I grew up, but I think it is education. When I was 18, it just put me onto the right track.”

“With education, you begin to know you have to gain some sort of success in life. When I was done with my education at 22, people started asking me why wasn’t I in the national team as I was so good, and that was when I started thinking, practicing a little more and trying to get my foot into the national team.”

“In Denmark, it’s typical to get an education then just work, but I wanted to get out of that shell. I mean, we only have one life. I don’t want to use my time to do things that I don’t want to do. And I hope more people would too.”

Lees de rest van dit artikel op de website van Badminton Europe.

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