Ronan pushes through pain to secure badminton silver medal
Pain did not stop eighteen-year-old Ronan Ho-Yagues, of New Caledonia, from playing his part in his team's silver medal success at the Pacific Games.
Ronan, one New Caledonia's top players, suffered serious knee injury against Tahiti on Wednesday at Faleata.
He required immediate medical attention.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer after getting treated, Ronan said he always had problems with his knees.
His desire to win for his country made him push his luck a little bit more, forcing the injury.
“I wanted to win the match for our team and our country," he said.
"I’ve tried my best and I’m glad my team had achieved the silver medal in this competition."
Ronan won their mixed doubles’ match before he got hurt.
His sister, Soizick Ho-Yagues, said her brother is one of the top players in the team. He has been playing badminton for 11 years and wanted to pursue a career as a professional badminton player.
Soizick said they both started with badminton at the same time and she wished him speedy recovery for the singles’ event starting on Thursday.
“This has always been his dream so I wish him all the best and hopefully he can be able to recover fast so he can play again and make us proud,” she added.
Despite the incident, New Caledonia went on to get silver after coming second in the badminton mixed event.
“It was challenging for us to play against each teams as they’re all very good. We weren’t sure that we could beat all the others like Samoa, Kiribati and so forth,” Soizick said.