Meet Atama Friday, the budding badminton player.

A number of young people are taking sports beyond the school environment to a professional table by training with different clubs. LinkmeUg’s Solomon Mutebi caught up with Taman a former student of St. Janan Kabalagala campus where he started playing badminton in form 2.

Back ground

Taman is a born of Arua Railway’s primary school Nsambya, St Janan Kabalagala then sat for my O’level at to Lubiri SS, Kibuli SS for A level.

Why Badminton?

Friday: I really wanted to try out a new sport and I just loved badminton of them all.

Achievements from Badminton

Friday: The game has paid my fees since Form 2 till I finished S.6. I have also travelled across East Africa to play.

Accolades in the sport

  • Gold medalist – 2016 East African Secondary Schools Association (EASSA) Brookside tournament
  • Gold medalist – 2016 Kampala Regions School games (KRSG)
  • Gold Medalist – 2015 KRSG
  • Gold Medalist – 2016 gold medalist a the USSSA ball games in Masindi
  • Silver Medalist – 2015 USSSA Ball Games in Mbarara

Are you from a sports family?

Friday: Not at all; none of my siblings is involved in sports.

How do you prepare for badminton?
It’s hard work. I follow a daily routine. I Wake up very early and start jogging then hit training.

How can one join badminton?
If you’re near Sharing Hall in Nsambya, Kampala, look no further. You can also try out at Kampala club. At Sharing, we pay 2,000/= as membership fee every month. Even persons with disability are catered for at Sharing Hall.

You will need a pair of sneakers and a pair or badminton rackets.

How do you rate the sport in the country?
The game is growing at a high rate. It has attracted young talent as young as 7.

Any feature prospects?
Yeap, I want to represent Uganda at the world big sport events like All Africa games, Common Wealth games, and Olympics.

By Solomon Mutebi


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