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Aussie Hopes Resting on Smith

Australia is not what you would call a badminton hot-spot but try telling that to the players and officials heading off to the Beijing Olympics in a few weeks time.

No matter the controversies over the flame procession and how it has been handled, for the sporting participants involved, there is a complete focus on the task ahead and no doubt many are wishing the Games were ready to start right now. This is certainly the view of Ross Smith, who is more than ready to represent his country at the major event of the summer. Smith, who will be partnering Glen Warfe in the Doubles event, is rightly very excited about the prospect of his first Olympic Games.

In his earlier days Smith had a burning desire to be a sportsman but at first was unable to decide on what sport would be best for him. It was clear that he was a talented all rounder but until he managed to find his true sport and start to develop at it, there was a chance that sporting high times were going to pass him by.

All of that changed one day when he watched his parents playing badminton and Smith knew that he had found his calling. There has been a lot of hard work since that day but when he takes the court at the Olympics, there will be no doubt that it will have all been worth it. Many youngsters try and not listen to their parent's advice too often but this is one instance where Smith will be delighted that he followed in the footsteps of his parents.

Smith is a Swan Hill resident and freely admits that the support of the local community and his badminton association have been a great influence and help on the road to Beijing. There is no doubt that when playing a sport like badminton there needs to be a strong infrastructure to maintain the support and development given to players and this appears to have been a strong point in Smiths development.

He has achieved a lot in his career so far but the Swan Hill Badminton Association has helped tremendously. As have his employers who have afforded Smith the degree of flexibility required to train and play in events all around the world. And Smith has been playing a lot, as he and Warfe, his partner since 2005 will testify.

The pair have tasted success in the Oceania Championship that was held in New Caledonia earlier this year and will be looking for further success at the Australian International, which is held in late July. This will be the pair's last tournament before they set off to Beijing.

Smith has already made it through to the last 16 of the Commonwealth Games and is eager to see how far his team can go in the Beijing Games. They may be amongst the lowest ranked pairs in the event at the Olympics but that won't stop Smith and Warfe from giving it their all.

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