Badminton New Zealand:
New Zealand’s brightest young badminton talent is ready to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. At a small ceremony in Auckland on Saturday, Oscar Guo (Westlake Boys High School) was presented with his playing uniform by former Commonwealth and Olympic player, John Moody, who is now a board member of Badminton New Zealand.
Guo has had a strong season in 2018, winning both the Australian Junior International and the Yonex North Harbour International and defending his triple crown at the NZ Under 19 championships, as well as being a member of New Zealand’s winning Under 19 team at the Asia-Pacific Championships.
In Buenos Aires, Guo will be accompanied by coach Glenn Cox and will stay in the Olympic Village with the New Zealand team for the entire event, experiencing the team culture and supporting other kiwi athletes.
John Moody had a few words to share with Guo.
“I’d like to wish you the best of luck over there. It’s a unique time in your life – learn from it, do your best and enjoy the experience.”
The experience is certainly a vital part of the Youth Olympic Games, with many young athletes using it as a launching pad for their careers in professional sport.
Guo, however, has his focus firmly on the games and achieving the best result he can.
“It’s an honour to always put on the silver fern and represent New Zealand. I hope to do myself, my family and everyone that supports me proud at the games.”
Click here to follow Oscar’s performance.