Duo’s dedication pays off

Will Behm , Staff writer

Andrew Wang
Andrew Wang
Wilson Gao

It all comes down to chemistry for varsity badminton players freshman Wilson Gao and sophomore Andrew Wang.
“We can just sense wherever each other are, and that’s chemistry, true chemistry, you can’t trade that for anything,” Gao said.
Gao and Wang show great commitment inside and out of school, constantly training.
“They’ve trained a lot together, they both go to the Loch Raven Badminton Club,” varsity coach Sharon Spangenberg said.
Their hard work has been reflected in their play. Wang and Gao went undefeated and brought home a county championship, yet they still believe they can improve.
“We’re not that good with the school birdies. It’s still an adjustment for us since we’ve been playing for such a long time. We usually play with light feather birdies and they move at different speeds,” Wang said.
Gao’s sister was a former student and player at the school, yet Gao simply doesn’t feel as if he’s following in her footsteps.
“I don’t feel like I’m following my sister’s steps to be honest. She took badminton in a less serious way then I did,” Gao said. “In her senior year I was able to beat her in singles and I was in the 6th grade at the time.”