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‘I wake up at 4 AM daily for my training’

Ayanna Rana, badminton champ from Apeejay School, Noida, speaks about her training schedule, diet and upcoming tournaments

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Ayanna Rana, class 8 student at Apeejay School, Noida made her school proud by securing the third position in the U-13 girls doubles category in the prestigious Delhi State Badminton championship held recently. 

In an exclusive interview, the budding athlete mentions how a good diet, a dedicated training schedule, and self-confidence are helping her take active steps towards realising her ultimate dream. Read edited excerpts: 

When did you start playing badminton?

I was 9 years old when I started playing badminton. I was in class 5 then.  

What inspired you to choose badminton?

I first started playing the game as a hobby but with time I suddenly felt the passion for this game. It was then that I started taking steps towards becoming a professional badminton player. I saw so many Indian champions playing in the Olympic Games and getting a medal for their nation. So, this inspired me as I thought that I can also work to be there and make my country proud one day. 

Favourite badminton player?

P V Sindhu! She is supreme!

Tell us about your experience playing at the Delhi State Championship?

The competition level was very high. It was hard to compete with the players there. There were 2-3 rounds after which one advanced to the quarter finals and then to the semi-finals. I reached the semi-finals, lost that match and then went on to play and also secured the 3rd position.  So, I won the bronze medal.

How did your school help you in this achievement?

My school helped me with the logistics while I was away during the tournament. Also, my teachers and friends gave me the classwork and homework so that I don’t miss out on my studies. 

Tell us about your training regimen?

I wake up at 4 in the morning and practice till 6:30 am.  Then I go to school. After school, I practice from 5 – 7:30 in the evening. This also includes a gym session from 6:30 to 7:30. I practice in the Sunlight Shuttlers badminton academy. It is near my home.

Whtas the diet chart you follow?

I eat a protein rich diet to support my training schedule. I eat non-veg and eggs daily. I eat up to 4 eggs everyday and drink a lot of milk.

Your favourite shot?

Toss! I love it and also play it a lot

One weakness to be improved?

My over-head corner is very weak. Sometimes, I am not able to clear that. I need to work on that!

Next tournaments you are going to play?

The badminton talent hunt tournament held in November. It is for national level players. I am excited to compete there.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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