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National badminton champion continues to pursue studies and passion

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Lee Shun Mei, national badminton champion joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia foundation in Business and Management programme leading up to an undergraduate programme in computer science.

Shun Mei, joined the University in September following a scholarship from the Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Badminton Scholarship in collaboration between University of Nottingham Malaysia and Ampang Jaya Badminton Centre (AJBC) which was presented on 9 October 2018. 

“I started playing badminton when I was nine. My dad used to take my younger brother for professional badminton training, as he wanted to encourage my brother to do some exercise. I accompanied them once, and then it was when it all started, my love and passion for badminton,” Shun Mei shared.

Her younger brother is studying at the Bukit Jalil Sports School in KL.

Shun Mei greatest achievements in the courts include emerging as the first runner up in OUE Singapore Youth International Series 2017, Girls’ double first runner up and Celcom Axiata National Championship U21 2017, women’s double runner up.

Nineteen-year-old Shun Mei feels that it is important for students to have a healthy mind and body and sports is a great way to achieve this. She believes that it is through sports students create a better future for themselves.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia Sports Complex Manager Muhammad Affendi Faizal: “For the past years the Nottingham badminton club has been the platform for all students to participate in general daily activities and hosting internal and external intervarsity tournaments. In 2016 our players represented the university various competitions including the MOHE, Masiswa, Sukipt and the University’s Tri-Campus games.

I am confident that Shun Mei is able to contribute her skills and knowledge as a high-performing badminton player in our badminton club and the University team. We also believe in providing the best platform for Shun Mei to excel in her badminton career with quality higher education.

Like most students her age, Shun Mei likes to watch drama serials in her past time and listening to music is her go to for relaxation. She continues to play badminton twice a week at the University with members of the University badminton team. Moreover as someone who values her studies, she also does revision after her lectures. Her badminton idols are Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Kevin Sanjaya.

“I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to study under a scholarship, which also values my talents and interest in badminton. I will do my very best to get good grades, while I continue to play badminton. I am certain I will do well with the support of my family and friends.

I am looking forward to representing the University in upcoming tournaments.” Shun Mei added.

Shun Mei will be representing the University in upcoming national and regional tournaments.


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Posted on 6th December 2018

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