Para athlete interview –Yang Qiuxia
20 Questions & Answers
- What is your name?
- My name is Yang Qiuxia.
- Where are you from?
- I was born in Guizhou Province, China.
- What is your sport?
- I play badminton.
- Which competition has been your favourite so far?
- The national championship in China.
- What was your achievement at that competition?
- I won the women's singles event.
- How did you feel when your sport became an official Paralympic sport?
- I was very happy.
- How long have you been competing?
- Since 2013.
- Was there any particular reason you took it up?
- I played badminton in my pastime and enjoyed it.
- What do you do before a competition?
- I practice very hard.
- What do you think about when you are serving?
- What goes through your mind during a long rally?
- I don't think about anything.
- What's the appeal of Para badminton?
- It makes me happy.
- Do you have any other skills beside Para badminton?
- Do you know any words in Japanese?
- What is your favourite Japanese food?
- What is your impression of Tokyo?
- What is your favourite word?
- What is your least favourite word?
- Having people say, “You gained weight.”
- How would you describe yourself?
- What will you be doing in 2020?
- I will try hard to practice a lot so that I can achieve good results.
Para badminton has been included for the first time on the Paralympic programme at the Tokyo 2020 Games. How did you feel when you found out about this?
I was absolutely delighted and very excited when I first learned that Para badminton had been included in the Paralympic Games.
Excuse me for asking, but are you aiming to win medals at the Tokyo 2020 Games?
Of course I am. That's the reason that I train so hard every day.
You have competed at several major international tournaments. Do you think the Paralympic Games are different from other tournaments?
Yes, I think they are very different. In contrast to most other tournaments, the Paralympics provide a wonderful platform for athletes to showcase their abilities.
For those who are unfamiliar with Paralympic sports, what do you think is interesting about Para athletes and Para badminton, and what would you recommend they look out for during the Paralympic Games?
I think the points that I would most people to appreciate are the results of the efforts that the athletes have been made over the years, and the confidence and self–belief of the athletes.
Do you have any particular rivals in your sport? How much does having a rival motivate you?
Yes, Ayako Suzuki from Japan is my main rival. When your rival is competing well and posting good results, it serves as extra motivation to try one's best. Having said that, however, at tournaments I don't think about winning all my matches until I come up against my main rival. I just concentrate on winning one match at a time.
I'm sure there are times during your training that you aren't achieving the results that you want. What do you do to lift your spirits during such times?
I listen to music, or go out, just to give myself a change of environment and refresh myself. Sometimes I discuss the matter with my coach and change my training routine.
There are now slightly less than three years until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Do you feel that's still quite a long way off, or do you feel that the Games will soon be upon us?
Both actually. When you are training every day it seems like the Games are still a long way off. But sometimes it feels like three years will pass by in a flash. In any case, I'm definitely looking forward to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – that's why I'm training so hard!