Player Profile: Simon Osbaldiston

SERIOUS STUFF:

How long have you been playing badminton?

About 10 years – I was a late starter.

How long have you been a member of Farsley Celtic Badminton Club?

I’ve been coming to club nights off and on for about 4-5 years, but it was a while before Janice managed to bully, err persuade, me into becoming a fully paid-up member!

What appeals to you most about the game?

It requires a unique combination of both physical and mental speed and agility.

What do you enjoy most about the club nights?

You get to play with and against a variety of different people with no pressure. It’s surprising sometimes who you “click” with and who you don’t.

What’s your favourite badminton shot?

My favourite shot is the cross court net shot. Problem is I’m not very good at it. I quite enjoy managing to return a good smash which the opponents thought was a sure-fire winner!

How different is competitive badminton to club night badminton?

It depends on who you’re playing on club night – some games can be quite competitive. I think the main difference though is psychological.

What has been your competitive highlight so far?

It has to be the first match this season against Farsley B. I can’t remember the last time we got a clean sweep as a team and it’s a great start to the season. Especially sweet against another Farsley team!

Where would you like to see your game in two years’ time?

As long as I keep improving, however slowly, that’s good enough for me.

How much does badminton contribute to your overall fitness?

It certainly plays a big part. There’s no doubt two hours of badminton is a good work out! but I think it’s important to do a variety of exercise.

How competitive are you? Do you want to win every game?

I’m not naturally a very competitive person, but I can usually get myself into the zone when I need to.

Which player or players do you admire most at the club, and why?

I’m sure it’s been said before, but it has to be Charles. A real gent. I hope I’m still playing at 80+. I also admire those who persevere, coming down week after week even though the game might not come naturally. It’s good to see them improve and become more confident.
 

FANTASY BADMINTON:

So, what’s your court entry theme tune when you get to the Olympics?

It has to be that classic hair metal anthem of the 80s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey. A game of badminton can turn on a knife edge, but if you’ve lost belief, you’ve lost the game.

Who is your club Nemesis? What is it about their game that you find difficult?

Probably Derek. I was there for over a year trying to work out whether he was right or left handed until someone told me he plays with both! Even now I know it still catches me out.

What part of Palfs’ game do you admire the most?

He’s got some good shots, but it’s the disguise which really throws you.

If you could invent a rule change (however fantastical), what would it be?

How about you can only score on your own serve and you get two chances at serving before passing it over? No, that would be just too fantastical.

Who are you coming as in the next Farsley-does-fancy-dress competition?

I’m not really a fancy dress person. I might just try coming as a decent badminton player.
 

AWAY FROM THE BADMINTON COURT:

Do you participate in other sports? If yes, which ones?

Not competitively, but I do a bit of skiing and mountain biking.

What’s your ideal post-badminton drink?

Whatever’s on hand-pump in the club bar.

How do you think the club could be improved?

It’s a great club, so I wouldn’t want to change much. Maybe a few more coaching sessions?

If you could choose anything, what would be your ideal social event with the club?

I quite enjoyed the bowling, probably because I won ;-). Who said I wasn’t competitive. (Oh, I did!)

How do you wind down after a club night?

Whatever’s on hand-pump in the club bar.