BOONSAK PONSANA – Humble talent

Boonsak Ponsana is definitely one of the biggest names in Thailand’s badminton. He has been regarded as the best badminton player in Thailand and he is always the one who […]

Image Boonsak Ponsana is definitely one of the biggest names in Thailand’s badminton. He has been regarded as the best badminton player in Thailand and he is always the one who is seen as the leader of his team.

By Georgina Low, Badzine Correspondent

At a young age of 24 years old, he is already one of the top players in the world, having beaten many top players such as Kenneth Jonassen, Taufik Hidayat and Lee Hyun Il amongst others. Boonsak, who is nick named as “Man”, is being called “Superman” by his fellow Thais, hinting how much the Thais have adored him.

Boonsak helps advertise for Farmhouse bread – a famous Thai brand for pastries, but he can cope with eating a lot of those, thanks to his hard work on court ! Boonsak’s training regime is five and a half days a week. Monday to Friday, once in the morning and once in the evening. On Saturdays, he will only train once in the morning. During training days, he stays in the Thailand Badminton Association in Bangkok with all his other team mates.

ImageHis father’s dream

A little more details about Boonsak’s background. He is born in 1982 on 22nd February. He has 2 elder sisters and 1 younger sister. Boonsak’s younger sister, Salakjitr Ponsana is also part of the Thailand badminton team. They both have been sent for training in China when he was around 14 years old. He had a hard time trying to adapt to the life there as he couldn’t speak a word of Mandarin then and he missed his family.

At the age of 16, Boonsak’s father passed away due to heart attack. Boonsak then lost his interest in badminton. However, knowing that it was his late father’s wish for him to become a great badminton player, he has straightened out his thoughts after sometime and pursued “his father’s dream” for him. He is a filial son indeed. It has been hard on him to be the only man in his family too. He has to shoulder the responsibility of being both a brother and a father.

Boonsak has completed his studies in Sri Patum University in Bangkok and is a law graduate now. He is glad that he has completed his studies as he has more time for himself and training now. Besides badminton, Boonsak loves to play soccer too. On certain Saturdays when he is free, he will join his friends in playing soccer. Boonsak is not one who loves clubbing and he prefers to go shopping and watches movies whenever he is free. If his mother is not proud of her outstanding, well-behaved son, who will be?

The Thai now looks ahead and sees himself as a potential winner of the Beijing Olympics. A dream after his incredible run in Athens, in 2004, where he finished 4th in the race of the Olympic medal.

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