[The Epoch Times, June 23, 2022](The Epoch Times reporter Zhou Anzhu Melbourne compiled and reported) The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8. The Aussie Falcons badminton team representing Australia consists of 10 athletes, including a pair of Chinese siblings born in Mount Waverley in Melbourne, 19-year-old sister Angela Yu and 17-year-old brother Jack Yu.
According to the Herald Sun, Angela and Jack grew up in a badminton family. Their mother, He Tian Tang, won the women’s doubles bronze medal for Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and she also won the women’s doubles bronze medal for China at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The siblings’ father, Ricky Yu, also played for the Chinese national team.
Siblings Angela and Jack, who competed in doubles at the Oceania Junior Badminton Championships in 2018, are aiming to win their first gold medal since 1994 for the Aussie Falcons badminton team at the Commonwealth Games.
Angela said: “I grew up watching (mum) play with some famous people a lot, so I was taught to follow in my mother’s footsteps when I was young. I wanted to do it myself, and I wasn’t forced to. Badminton means a lot to me because I grew up playing it.”
Jack, who is in Year 12 in Brisbane, said: “Playing badminton has helped me a lot in my studies, I have met a lot of people and I’m in good health. I’m very grateful to have been selected to play, it motivates me to work harder in the future. , and achieve my goals to make my parents proud. My biggest dream is to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal.”
Responsible editor: Li Xinran