Brampton’s Dave Fernando recently became the first Canadian badminton coach to conduct a series of clinics in Costa Rica.
“Badminton is at the introduction stage in Costa Rica and I was honoured to be invited to promote the sport to youth and adults in San Jose and other surrounding areas,” said Fernando.
The programs were conducted for beginner and intermediate-level players and more than 150 players, of all ages, had the privilege of hearing from Fernando, who has conducted clinics in such places as Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the USA and Sri Lanka with plans for another program in India for this December.
Because this was a first for Costa Rica, the event was given publicity in the local media. Fernando also met with Henry Nunes, the president of the Costa Rico Olympic Committee to discuss the future of the sport in the country.
During his clinics Fernando emphasized the importance of physical training with drills, rope jumping and shadow playing. The Costa Rica Badminton Association arranged two full-day programs and clinics in different schools during the six days Fernando spent there.
He has already been invited to return to the country next year for more coaching clinics.
Fernando is the founder and head coach of Fernando’s Youth Badminton Academy and has been promoting badminton to the youth in the community for the last seven years. He is a NCCP level 3 coach and runs several professional training centres in Brampton.
For more information visit fernandosbadminton.com.
Source: Brampton Guardian