It took a long time for senior Skypet Saingthong (nickname Gard) to become a skilled badminton player. His efforts paid off after many years of training, and success soon followed.
The first time I played badminton was when I was 8 years old. My dad wanted me to exercise more in order to lose some weight and spend less time in front of the computer. He brought me to a coach he knew.
After a few months of training, my coach at the time had to make an urgent visit to America, pausing my training for 5 years. At the age of 13 I started to take badminton seriously. My dad would drive me to Bangkok where he believed I would get the training I needed.
The first few trainings in Bangkok were harsh: my day would start with a run at 5:30 in the morning followed by weight-training and other types of fitness training before I practiced badminton. It took time to get used to it, but after I got used to all the training I started to enjoy it, and trained any chance I could get. Soon all of my efforts paid off: in 2017 I was honored to be a part of the Thai national Youth team that played in Badminton Asia u17 as well as the u15 Junior Championships in Myanmar.