Ratchanock – Badminton World Champion
RATCHANOCK DEDICATES HER WIN TO HM THE QUEEN AND HER MOTHER.
Pattaya Sports Club are well known for donating funds to help the handicapped and underprivileged of Pattaya and surrounding areas. But, with most of our members being of the sporting persuasion having played and enjoyed various sports during our lifetime, it has been the aim of PSC to provide the opportunity for Thai children, less fortunate than ourselves, to participate in sport with all the benefits that sport offers.
Table tennis, volleyball, swimming and ball games are among the many sports that we have promoted but our longest association ( 10 years) has been with the National Badminton Championships at the YWCA Centre in Chonburi. Without the opportunity to be involved, a future Thai champion may go unnoticed only to take a very different, less rewarding path.
But news of a Thai champion emerged recently at the Badminton World Championships in China when Thai teenager, Yasothon born Ratchanok Intanon, won the Ladies’ World Title beating the Chinese favourite, Li Xuenrui. Khun Ratchanock became the ladies champion in Chonburi in 2008/9 going on to become the World Junior Champion in 2010/11 before moving to the senior ranks at the age of 17, has reached the pinnacle in ladies badminton and is now rated at No.2 in the world. This is only her second attempt at the tournament and needed just 65 minutes to defeat the top seed. At the age of 18, she is the youngest ever world badminton champion. This all happened the day before Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday and, of course, Mother’s Day. A great gift to her Mother and family. This year’s tournament will take place in October.
She is not the only Thai to make an impact for another Thai lady is in the top ten and another in the top 20. The men are also making headway with three Thai men high in the rankings.
PSC cannot claim the responsibility for these achievements for there are many other sponsors, but by promoting sport in all its forms, we can continue to offer opportunities to children and, perhaps, discover more Champions amongst the Thai population.