SIS News Archive
On Monday November 17th, two female Olympic badminton players, Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid visited the Elementary School at Shekou International School. Both attended the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics, playing singles and doubles. Nicole is German and her highest honor was in 2004, placing 9th in the singles. Charmaine is Canadian, and finished 32nd in the singles. They are now professional players who travel the world, playing in tournaments like the Hong Kong and China Open. They also give inspirational speeches, hold demonstrations and do charity work for children.
The children watched and learned about the various shots Nicole and Charmaine use to play a competitive game of badminton. Students even watched teachers try to return shots hit at them by Nicole, however the teachers ended up getting hit in the body, which made them all laugh. The fastest recorded hit ever by a male player is 306mph!
The students all had a chance to play with the pros. At the end, the students watched a short match of singles and doubles, seeing all the shots they had learned being used in the games.
Students had a chance to talk to the pros and get their autographs and photographs. A first for the players was being asked to sign an iPad. It was a fantastic and inspirational experience for the students and staff.
ES PE teacher
Shekou International School