Survival of the Fittest - Victor Liang Mrs Jones English...

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Victor Liang Mrs. Jones English 11H, Period 2 October 13, 2009 Survival of the Fittest Our badminton coaches demanded that the varsity players, myself included, run briskly out of the gym. Inside the gym, the junior varsity players were fooling around with the birdies and attempting to hit them back to their partners. When we got outside, we were quietly laughing at the junior varsity team for having poor skills. Only the best players were put on the varsity team for optimized chances of winning against other schools. However, some people did not have the skill to be on varsity. Yet they were the coaches’ favorites; as long as they were on varsity and happy about it, the coaches were happy, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the coaches’ favorites. I had to compete countless times to finally get on varsity. I actually had to practice to get on varsity, unlike some people. During the first month of practice, the coaches made us practice drills, such as drop shots, footwork, clear shots, and smashes. Throughout these practices, they analyzed our skill levels and picked the best players for the varsity team. Luckily, the coaches saw that I could play way better than most of the other people on the team, especially the freshmen. Unlike them, I could actually hit the birdie to someone else without making them run a mile to reach it. We practiced with anyone who we usually hung out with, so sometimes I chose Victoria Chan. She was one of the best female players on our team, if not the best. I figured that playing with someone much better would increase my badminton skills. But then, it was time to choose partners for the upcoming game. Everyone on the varsity team picked their best friends as their partners. Unfortunately, my best friends were planning to play matches by themselves. The only other person without a partner was a senior named Hoi Ko. After I asked her,
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she agreed to play mixed doubles with me. We seemed to develop a friendly relationship with each other. Whenever we made mistakes, we would giggle and practice those hits again. We criticized each other sometimes, but only with calm, mellow words of advice. She appeared to be a great person, but
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