Jordan Pangilinan cherishes badminton experience in Samoa

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JORDAN Pangilinan, a member of the CNMI National Badminton Team, has fond memories of his experiences in the 2019 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa. 

Although the CNMI team could not train as much as they wanted because their training facility was damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu, Pangilinan said they had to “exert extra effort when practicing.”

They also didn’t have a coach, “so we relied on teaching each other and learning some drills and plays from YouTube videos,” Pangilinan said.

The CNMI National Badminton Team members, from left: Ezekiel Macario, Jordan Pangilinan, Andreu Galvez, Janelle Pangilinan, Nicole Malasarte, Nathan M. Guerrero, and Daniel Macario.

For the CNMI team members, he added, their participation in the 2019 Pacific Games was primarily an opportunity to learn and grow, and to prepare for the 2022 Pacific Mini Games that will be held on Saipan.

In Samoa, the team finished fifth among the seven teams that competed.

“It was a great learning experience for all of us,” Pangilinan said. They were able to see and learn different styles of play and compete with experienced players. “The tournament in Samoa was well organized and our opponents were competitive. The experience in Samoa gave us confidence and determination to become better players. We learned, for example, that the most important skill that can impact our games involves basic movements and footwork drills.”

Pangilinan said the CNMI National Badminton Team is also very thankful to its supporters. “We would like to thank Mr. Jerry Tan, friends, and family for always supporting us throughout our badminton journey. Through this support, we were able to participate in local and regional tournaments.”


Jordan Pangilinan sets the shuttlecock during a game in the 2019 Badminton Invitational Tournament at the John F. Kennedy Gymnasium on Guam. Photos provided by Jordan Pangilinan

The CNMI National Badminton Team currently welcomes players who are interested in the sport. “Hopefully, we’ll soon have more members,” Pangilinan said.

For more information call Jordan Pangilinan at 785-3027 or team captain Nathan Guerrero at 989-8479.

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