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Ben Li

Athlete profile: Ben Li

Sport: Badminton

Hometown: Braddan, Isle of Man

Occupation: Investment Analyst 

Commonwealth Games Achievements:

Pune 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games

Singles - Men (Round of 32)

Doubles - Men (Round of 32)

Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games

Singles - Men (2nd Round)

Doubles - Men (1st Round)

B.Li 2011 Doubles Score

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Singles - Men (33rd Position)

Doubles - Mixed (33rd Position)

How did you first begin playing Badminton? 

I joined St Ninian’s Badminton club when I was 9, which progressed into representing the Isle of Man at all junior age groups. This then evolved into representing Team Isle of Man at the 2008 Pune Youth Games, 2011 IOM Youth Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

I am extremely grateful for the support provided by Isle of Man Sport Aid from the age of 14, which not only included financial support, but other services including physio, nutrition and strength and conditioning sessions. This was instrumental in my development, and I would not have had the same achievements without their support.

Why do you compete and represent Team Isle of Man?

I play Badminton because I am extremely competitive, and I enjoy the challenge that badminton presents in terms of combining physical, mental, and tactical skills.

2013 Island Games - Bermuda 

How does it feel to represent Team Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games?

I am proud and honoured to have had the opportunity to represent Team Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games - to represent my home nation on an international stage. I have spent most of my life growing up and competing on the island so to have the opportunity to represent my home nation and compete on an international stage against the words best athletes is the highlight of my career so far.  

What has been your favourite sporting moment whilst involved with Team Isle of Man?

Competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games! Playing inside the Emirates arena offered an incredible stage to compete, and knowing that many great players in various sports have competed there is something that I will never forget.

What has been your ultimate achievement in sport?

Again, it was competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games! I am also very proud to have been flag bearer for Team Isle of Man at the Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.  

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

  1. Make each session count – never come out feeling that a session has been wasted.
  2. Enjoy playing and competing – it can be tough at times but the enjoyment is why I play badminton

Have you had any key role models growing up?

My parents have always encouraged me to pursue my interest in badminton and supported me through the ups and downs that come with it.

What has been the most significant challenge you have faced in your preparation leading up to a sporting event?

I would have to say the year prior to Glasgow 2014. I was in the final year of my undergraduate degree and so had to balance training with studying, especially with the Games barely a month after my final exams.

What would be your advice for a young aspiring athlete aiming to represent CGA IOM?

  1. Be committed and be ready to put the time and effort in to get to where you want to go.
  2. Listen to your coaches - they have a lot of experience and usually know more than you think!
  3. Don’t be afraid to aim high.

Where do you see yourself in the future? What aims do you have?

Currently I am aiming to qualify for Gold Coast 2018. After competing in badminton I would like to move into coaching and management.  I am currently enjoying life in London, however I would like to move back to the Island in the future and put something back into badminton for the younger generation of athletes. 

Ben Li