Logan Central siblings Angela, 19, and Jack Yu, 17, were last week named in the Australian team to take on the Commonwealth in Birmingham next month.
Eight players were chosen to make their Commonwealth Games debut for the Australian Falcons, including the sister-brother duo.
The pair will compete in team and individual divisions, hoping to follow in their parents’ footsteps.
“Both our parents used to play Badminton for China,” Miss Yu said.
“Mum represented China in the 1988 Olympics in Atlanta, placing third. Then when she came to Australia, she represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 taking the bronze in Delhi, India,” Jack Yu said.
He said for them, Badminton feels like home.
“Because our parents both played for so long, it’s the place that we were brought up in,” the John Paul College student said.
“We were taken to competitions in our prams and watched while mum and dad played. This sport brings our family together and we are surrounded by support.”
Angela Yu said: “I love this sport. There is a variety of things you need to learn like agility, speed, endurance, and it has a big mental aspect.
“Everyone is so friendly and supportive, and we love working with our coaches and the players and being able to play the sport our parents played is amazing.”
Although they have both played in World competitions before, the Yu siblings said they were extremely excited to compete at a higher level.
“It will be the first time ever on such a big world stage and to compete with the world’s top players is so exciting,” Jack said.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Angela said.
Jack is the youngest member of the Falcons squad and will balance training and competition with his final year of high school.
“I will be graduating Year 12 in November and will be continuing doing my classes online, I will then go back to Brisbane for my final exams,” he said.
The pair train from 6.30am to 8.30am then 1.30pm to 3.30pm every day.
“We do a lot of drills and personally I focus on rotation, attack and defence and we also pair up and work together,” Angela said.
“It does get frustrating working together as brother and sister,” Jack said. “Training is usually okay, but if we are partnered together, it’s all about communication and sometimes, we don’t listen to each other and we have our own ways of doing things.”
After the Commonwealth Games, the pair have their hearts set on the Olympics.
“We also want to help badminton become a well-known sport.”
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games badminton will be from Friday July 29 until Monday August 8.