So claims the author of this article on NSW teenager Leslie Yau, the recent June Bevan U-17 Australian champion. Do you agree? Hills Shire Times Tuesday 22 April, 2008 12:01am Leslie dreams of an Olympics spot TEENAGER Leslie Yau has his eyes firmly focused on the prize. However, the 16-year-old considers himself like any other teenager. He enjoys video games and hanging out with friends but not many 16-year-olds can boast of a number one ranking. Leslie recently represented NSW at the prestigious June Bevan under-17 Australian Badminton Championships in Ballarat, where he beat everyone, took out the tournament and finished with the number one ranking in NSW. Leslie is this week's Hills Shire Times Junior Sports Star nominee. Since taking up the sport when he was nine years old, Leslie has excelled, winning numerous competitions including the under-17 NSW Badminton Junior Singles in 2007 and 2008. "My dad started playing badminton socially and I got into it from there, I really enjoyed playing so I continued pursuing it," Leslie said. The Year 11 student lives in Carlingford with his family and trains three times a week at Thornleigh Sports and Recreation Centre sometimes playing for three hours per session. In June, Leslie will represent NSW at the under-19 Australian Championships in Geraldton, Western Australia, where he hopes to obtain an Australian ranking. "I can't wait to compete, it will be great to hopefully get an Australian ranking," he said. Leslie's immediate goal is to represent Australia at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in 2010. "To represent Australia would be a great achievement and hopefully one day I can represent my country at the Olympics," he said. Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world after soccer.