PhD Candidate in Economics at Research School of Economics, The Australian National University
Research Interest: Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Monetary Economics
Besides trying to be a good economist, I also like to spend time doing sports, especially badminton. Badminton is a common sport in my home country, Indonesia. All school-age children must be familiar with the game of badminton. Although badminton has its own specific field, school-age children can play anywhere, as long as there is enough space to hit the shuttlecock. Badminton rackets have a wide selection of brands and a wide price range, so everyone can play badminton.
I started playing badminton regularly since I took my undergraduate program, where I play badminton every week. Now in Australia I can also easily find a community of badminton lovers, and we play every week. What I love about badminton, especially playing doubles, is the combination of speed and teamwork, as well as precision and accuracy. Badminton is one of the fastest-paced racquet sports, and players need to think fast to make the best decisions when it comes to attacking or defending.
I have several idol badminton players that I continue to follow until now. Some of them have retired or are about to retire, and some are very young with tremendous potential. The badminton doubles pair that made me fall in love with this sport for the first time were Tony Gunawan/Candra Wijaya, they won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Currently, they are both retired. I also admire Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, also a doubles pair from Indonesia, who managed to get a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Currently, as of this writing, they are still active at the age of 34 and 37, and even ranked 2nd in the world badminton men's doubles number!!
I also have great respect for the men's singles player, Lee Chong Wei, who has a style of play on the court that everyone enjoys so much. This Malaysian badminton player has now retired, but I'm sure everyone will always remember his name. Another player I admire is Yuta Watanabe from Japan, who despite his young age has a very mature way of playing. He can play men's doubles and mixed doubles at the same time, which shows that he can adapt well to different partners. He will have a very bright future. There are several other badminton players that I admire, which I cannot mention one by one, who come from countries with good badminton traditions, such as China and Denmark.
I play badminton to keep my body fit and healthy. Not having significant achievements on a national scale in this sport, but I would love to play badminton with anyone. Below is a list of sports that are familiar for me to play
I also like watching movies, especially those with good special effects, action or sci-fi genres.
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