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Badminton Coaches

Coach Yuki Kim

Yuki learned badminton in a dedicated club while attending middle school in Japan. She graduated from West Chester University with a full tuition scholarship in 2017 with a chemistry degree, all while raising a little girl who just turned 3. Meanwhile she has volunteered to organize and promote the badminton program at the Phoenixville YMCA, and is currently instructing a kids training class. She has a great passion for providing badminton training that promotes building a strong foundation for beginners and the younger generation that makes a difference in raising a player’s potential. In training sessions, the focus is on whole body movements and balance to build consistency in each shot and generate power from the ground up to hit effortless overhead shots. A variety of practice drills are provided to improve footwork and court coverage. Yuki also actively participates in local badminton tournaments in both singles and doubles. Her recent achievements are the winner of the Sewa Annual Charity Tournament 2017 in Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles with Lavanya Tirumamidi, Mixed Doubles with Vyom Rastogi, the winner of the Mainline Doubles Badminton Tournament 2018 in Mixed Doubles with Ramprasad Santhanam in a field of 16 pairs of participants

Assistant Coach Hunar Sanghani

Hunar is a sophomore student at Great Valley High School. She has undergone extensive training in Badminton by some of the finest coaches in the country, like Andy Chong of Boston Badminton who trains national level players, Coach Qui of NJBC, Coach Huang from China and Olympic player Paula Obanana. Hunar has been competing in various Badminton tournaments, including PA State Badminton tournament for the past three years and has been a winner or finalist. She plays in both singles and doubles categories.

Assistant Coach Akil Pillai

Akil has been playing badminton for 2 years. He has played in numerous tournaments partaking in singles and doubles. He was the 2018 U17 PA State Doubles Champion. With his knowledge and experience, Akil is excited to pass on the sport to new & upcoming badminton champions.

Hunar Sanghani

Akil Pillai
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