Who am I?
My name is Antonio Li, I am 21 years old. I grew up in Victoria, BC, Canada. I started playing badminton at 13 years old in a small 3-court community hall called Cordova Bay. I've spent three summers training in China and one summer training in Indonesia. After high school, I then moved to Richmond, BC to pursue my badminton career and continue my training at Clearone Badminton Centre. During the times I'm not training, I am coaching part-time not only to help younger athletes to succeed, but to try and relieve the financial burden that follows with a self-funded sport career such as badminton.
Growing up I was a handful and troublesome kid for my parents. I was first introduced to badminton by my Dad, who loved to play growing up, this was a way I could connect with him and a clever way for him to keep me out of trouble. I remember the first couple of months after picking up the racquet, I started to enjoy playing more, and begin going to the club near my house everyday after school. Not only has badminton taught me to have self discipline, and independence; It has helped me discover my passion and ambition to strive for success.
-Achieve #1 national ranking -Capture my first international title
-Qualify for 2018 Pan Am Championships -Place in top 100 world rankings
-Qualify for 2019 Sudirman Cup -Qualify for 2020 Thomas Cup -Qualify for Tokyo 2020
I train 6 days a week, with a 1 day rest as rest is extremely important for recovery. Since badminton alone causes uneven muscle development, my training includes many aspects. A typical week includes weight training, cardio, private lessons, team training, footwork/ agility exercises and lots of stretching.
International Tournament schedule:
2018 Pan Am Championships - April
2018 Thomas & Uber Cup - May
2018 US Open - June
2018 Canada Open - June
2018 Peru Series - June
2018 US Series - August
2018 US Challenge - December
None of this could have happened without the support I receive and i'd like to thank everyone involved in the process towards Tokyo 2020.
"Teamwork makes the dream work. Where common people create uncommon results."
1997 (age 21)
Darryl Yung, Sandiarto Liauw
Clearone Badminton Centre