I almost didn’t organize another Becky Cup this year because it’s a bit of a pain and it comes right as my classes are ending so I’m super busy. But I got a lot of requests starting months ago, and who am I to disappoint? I also love my birthday and I really can’t think of any other way I’d rather celebrate besides playing badminton with my friends.
So I did and it was super fun! I had the maximum number of participants (32) and while it was a doubles tournament, everyone played individually. There is a badminton app in Chinese in which you have groups of 5-8 people and every game different people play with different partners. So by the end you have played with everyone in the group as your partner and everyone has played every game. It’s a more fun game when the group has a mixed level because the weakest player isn’t kicked out immediately and the strongest players are offset by the weaker ones when they have to team up. The app calculates the winners based on the scores.
I had people from all my different groups: the foreigner group, the gay group, my club and a few new friends who were friends of friends. Everyone got a shirt with the theme “the answer to life, the universe and everything” (as it was my 42nd birthday) and the shirts had my dragon badminton logo as well.
I won’t wax poetic about how fun and meaningful it was to me, I’ll just show you the pictures. A group called Plan-X came and took pictures for free so a big thanks to them for many of the pictures.
The cool thing wasn’t only that it was my friends playing but also how international the group was. We had Chinese, American, Indonesian, Fillipino, Malaysian, Taiwanese and Czech!
I went home exhausted that night but couldn’t fall asleep. I feel so lucky and happy to have found badminton and have so many friends that support my crazy ideas. So here is to finding badminton in your 40’s and here’s to 42 more years!