When Ben first moved to Sydney from Melbourne he joined Sydney Badminton Players and he’s been one of the group’s strongest regulars since. His ability to move with cat-like speed and agility is one of the hallmarks of his style. To do an interview with him, I simply tracked him down to his second home on court with Sydney Badminton Players in Waterloo.
What got you into badminton? Being of Malaysian background it’s a very common pastime and when we moved to Australia about 15 years ago it just sort of fell into place. Mum and dad forced me to go to a weekly competition so that’s kind of where it all started.
Tell me about your last competition [smiles wryly] I was late
Oh no, does that mean you missed your last competition? Yep!
What’s your playing style? Probably more of a defensive, placement type. So if somebody can change direction at the last minute, I’ll have a very hard time. Never had the physical capabilities to be a heavy smasher so I don’t think it’s changed too much.
What’s your most reliable shot? Drops
Who’s your favorite player? Malaysian pride, right? So Lee Chong Wei.
Have you ever hit somebody with your racket? Of course! Too many to count
If you could have an unlimited supply of food, what would you get? Beef, Beef and beef, Korean barbecue meat
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Europe for the time being
If you could have one wish granted what would it be? To not have to worry about money
How do you feel about mixed doubles? Mixed can be just as entertaining as singles or doubles, it’s just as long as you’ve got the right partner and the right opponents, then everything falls into place.
What’s your goals for the next two years? To be able to generate enough annual income so that I can enjoy my hobbies.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Life’s shit? I don’t know!