EDISON—Pingry fifth-grade student and badminton player Raymond Chen, a resident of Edison, won two bronze medals in the XIX Pan American Junior Championship that took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in August 2010. He was a member of the United States junior national badminton team that was formed for the tournament in which 16 countries participated.
Chen won his first medal in boys’ doubles (partnered with Clayton Cayen from Boston), and he won his second medal in mixed doubles (partnered with Nadia Susanto from Los Angeles). Both matches were played in the U-11 (Under 11 years old) categories. He and his partners had qualified for the tournament in February 2010 during the United States Badminton Junior International Trials in Orange City, California.
Due to the fact that his father plays Chen, Raymond became interested nearly a year-and-a-half ago and quickly learned how to play. He now practices with professional coach Zaw Win at the CP Badminton Center in College Point, N.Y.
For Chen, badminton is an opportunity to improve his strength, and his parents are impressed with his abilities to endure the rigors of training, maintain discipline, and learn the strategy involved in placing and responding to difficult shots. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, which has prepared him for the fast movements that badminton requires.
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