Fryer set for Penang training camp
PUBLISHED: 13:10 13 July 2012
Sidmouth’s up and coming junior badminton star Will Fryer, 13, is off to spend two weeks training at the Kam Fook Badminton Academy in Penang after ending his season with a double gold medal haul.
It will be a fantastic opportunity for the youngster who has been rated a future GB gold medal winner, but, as it is family funded, may be a one-off experience.
Fryer’s success is unusual in that there is no family badminton history - he picked up a racquet two years ago and someone suggested that he might have talent!
The Sidmouth College year 8 pupil finished this season with a well earned gold in the East Devon League under-17s singles, and another with his partner Charlotte Roberson in the under-17 mixed doubles.
Fryer hit a middle low after a promising start but soon recovered in the semi-finals with a 21-17 and 21-15 win; sustaining his energy he skilfully took the next two matches in the finals 21-13 and 21-15.
Last season Fryer spent a number of hours training with the Chinese in Torquay and one of the coaches is from Penang and has connections with Kam Fook as his son has also been trained by him.
The coach, Mr Chow's son plays for England. Will was invited to train with Mr Fook on a one-to- one basis and with his group. He is staying with Mr Fook’s family while in Penang.
Fryer is looking forward to meeting Mr Fook and to get the best out of this brilliant opportunity. He is keen to improve on his speed and stamina and has been training hard every day in preparation for what will be one of the most challenging two week coaching sessions he will experience.
Kam Fook has been a national player for the Badminton Association in Malaysia and a past Penang State coach. Fryer will stay with the Fook family while training there.
The Malaysians are known for their dedication to training hard. The heat alone will be difficult to deal with. He will train in halls with no air-conditioning and he will be expected to give 100 per cent in effort throughout the day. He is not travelling by himself to Malaysia, but will be escorted by his coach’s’ daughter.
When Fryer returns he will continue to train in Exmouth with his Alex Lane who is the under-17 European Champion and in Torquay with Mr Hong and Mr Chow in preparation for the national tournaments on the under-15 circuit.
Fryer is being fully encouraged by Sidmouth College who are looking at ways of supporting him during his tough schedule on the circuit from next September