Badminton woos nine-year-old volunteer

Badminton has got a nine-year-old Samoan boy hooked to the sport, thanks to the volunteer work that he offered to do at the Multi-Sport Centre in Faleata.

Daniel Tolu from Faleula is one of the Faleula Congregational Christain Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) children who are volunteers for badminton.

Speaking with the Samoa Observer in an interview, the boy said his task is to clean the center but his brief exposure to the sport since the Pacific Games kicked off has got him hooked. 

"I'm grateful for this chance to be a part of this, because if I weren't to be here, I wouldn't have known about this interesting sport and I wouldn't be able to see some amazing and inspiring players, from different countries including Samoa.

"I've been cleaning and helping out in any way I can here at badminton today (yesterday) with the hope that one day in the future, I will be representing Samoa and playing on the same spot I was wiping and sweeping today," he said. 

Coming from a family of seven, Mr Tolu said he hoped to bring his parents to the court one day, to subtly get their support for him to pursue his dream to become a badminton player. 

Mr. Tolu is from siblings of seven according to himself and he wishes to bring his parents one day to hint them of what he wants to pursue in the future for their family.

He also loves rugby and soccer (Football) as they are popular in Samoa, but because he never heard of a sport like badminton until the Pacific Games, he is already dreaming of representing the country in the sport when he grows older.

"I guess I felt a different kind of interest in badminton because it's my first time seeing and knowing about it but I loved rugby and soccer more because it was always in our country," he said.

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