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,