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Brilliant badminton boy

August 4, 2011 - 4:42pm

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 TNP PHOTO: Sarah Chow

HE WAS devastated when his team lost to Maris Stella High (Primary) in the finals of National Schools Badminton Championships in April.

But 12-year-old Jesher Kum would take his revenge just two months later.

The Montfort Junior School (MJS) student knocked out his fierce rivals to clinch the Li-Ning badminton tournament title.

It is a victory the MJS captain will never forget.

He said: “That was the best moment for me.

“I felt great beating the Maris Stella players on my way to win the tournament.

“I didn’t expect to win it because I was very nervous. But I managed to keep my focus and control my shots.”

Since his victory, Jesher has put aside his racket to prepare for the PSLE.

He used to train for three hours every day since he joined his school’s badminton team in 2009.

He said: “I have to focus on my studies for now.

“But I really want to get back to playing competitive badminton and win more titles.

“I have not won a schools national title yet, so I am eager to win one next year.”

Jesher’s father, Kum Yew Ming, 44, who introduced the sport to his son, never thought that he would fall in love with it.

He said: “We used to play casually at the playground.

“But the staff at Montfort spotted his talent. I never thought he would get this far.”

Good grades

Kum added that Jesher, despite his busy schedule, has never let the game affect his grades.

He said: “Jesher scores good grades in school and I don’t have to chase him to do his homework.

“For a young guy, he manages his time quite well.

“His teachers also tell me that he is very attentive in class.”

Jesher’s coach, Kenny Quek, 32, added that his player works diligently on the court as he does off it.

“He is very hardworking and dedicated,” said Quek.

“He knows how to beat an opponent with his speed and court coverage.

“It’s very tough for an opponent to play against him because he is so fast.”

Jesher, who idolises Malaysian shuttler and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, admits that he has no desire to play for the national team one day.

Instead, he wants to be a chef.

“I love badminton, but I don’t think I want to be a national player,” said Jesher.

“After I finish my studies, I want to be a chef because I enjoy baking cookies and cakes.”

Find out how in The New Paper on Thursday (August 4).

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