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 for 3 years. Since the start of 2019 I now have relocated to Toronto, Ontario to further my career at K.C Badminton Club. 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
-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:
2019 Li-Ning Denmark Challenge
2019 Slovenia International Series
2019 Canada Open
2019 White Nights
2019 Russian Open
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 22)
K.C Badminton Club