Kelly's Story Review

Posted by Carissa Turner at 11:07 on 26 July 2017

Last night the Sport Wales National Centre enjoyed a Yonex Demo where all in attendance got to trial the latest rackets and have some fun competing against one another and current and previous National Champions.
They then had the privilege of hearing Wales' most successful badminton player to date; Kelly Morgan MBE, talk of her journey from club badminton to Commonwealth Gold Medallist. 

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Kelly took everyone through her junior years beginning at the age of 9 at Abercynon Badminton Club to joining the Welsh Squad and gaining her first senior cap and senior National Title at the age of 15.
She then described her "light bulb moment" where she truly realised that she could be good after being told sternly not to waste her or the coaches time if she was not going to give 100%. She provided everyone with a background of her attitude of a junior, the training and resources (or lack of) available to her and what her junior coach, Norman Lewis taught her. Her junior training up until the age of around 15 years old was focused solely on technique - racket and footwork with the physical training coming later on.

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(photo credit: Andrew Elias)

Being interviewed by her team mate Matthew Hughes, Kelly talked of her time training abroad in France and Denamark and what brought her back to Wales. Matthew was able to give his perspective of the changes he saw in Kelly and some of their experiences together providing another insight in to her as a person and player. These experiences were followed by some of her major success' including her Commonwealth Gold Medal match, some of which attendees watched. 

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(photo credit: Andrew Elias)

Kelly also gave an insight in to the psychology techniques which she used and how she kept training and tournament diaries where she would inscribe motivational quotes. She very kindly brought memorabilia from over the years for everyone to see including her first ever trophy, her 1st and 100th cap, her shoes from the Commonwealth Games Final, scrap books, training diaries, her MBE and Commonwealth Gold Medal.

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Attendees and Twitter users then got to ask Kelly some questions such as how she celebrated her Commonwealth medal, what individual traits she felt helped her become world class and who her toughest opponent was. 
Also included in the presentation was a video interview from Kelly's parents who offered their views on her career and advice to sporting parents. 

All who attended were captivated by Kelly and her story.

We would like to thank Kelly and all those who offered video interviews for this event.

You can view the evening on our Facebook Page where we live streamed the event.

Kelly is a true inspiration to all.