Hey Im new on this forum... wel sort of. I've already made a few posts elsewhere; but i figured i should probably introduce myself before writing more. As you can tell from the title, I'm a Chinese Canadian, and i live in Edmonton Alberta. Sucks cause all of the nice forum mebers are in Calgary >.<. On http://www.badminton-network.com/, I rated myself a 6.3, although that might be a bit high cause I mostly can do the specified strokes in drill, but its a difficult for me to do them consistently in games. I havent played competetively for a long time, and I'm just strating this year; although I've played in Badminton camps since i was 9, so i'm actually very good at most of the technical stuff (IMO). The reason I havent played badminton competetively is because i was doing Competetive swimming since forever. I've found great sucsess there, setting a few records and consistently placing top 5 in the national age group rankings. Howwever i got a bit bored of the training; just doing laps over and over again; so I'm taking up badminton this year as well. However, thanks to all of this swimming (training 7 times a week, having to wake up at 500 in the morning to have a workout before school) I'm very fit, so have found an advantage against some opponents (again in camps; I've never gone to any formal tournament) in that regard. The raquet I've been using for he past 3 years is my trusty Carbonex 8200 Light, an old model but it actually helped me train my stroke very well because of the horrible power in that raquet. I could never clear and hit the birdie very far, so i kept training (in the camps) to be able to hit the sweetspot and working on my wrist work. Also, I focused more on dropshots and finesse strokes rather than powerful smashes. Recently, I got a new Nanospeed 8000, which is a huge improvement on my old racquet. Now I'm mopstly trying to train smashing harder and aiming my smashes and other shots to the very corners and edges of the court. If anyone wants to play me once in a while, I'm always open on weekends . Have to live in Edmonton tho .