|2010 Shuttlecock Classic|
We were unafraid.
We knew we had the tools and we had the talent. Tools being a pair of badminton racquets and a black dress.
CT asked me earlier in the week if I wanted to attend a party / badminton tournament over the weekend...and I did, but I had prior engagements. I told him that I was unable to make it and that he should look for another partner...this was almost a disastrous mistake on my part. Luckily, my plans fell through and no one else was available so I was able to claim the spot of CT's badminton partner. It was at this point that I was informed that the tournament was following North Central Guatemalan Highland rules, therefore each team must consist of at least one female player, however, dressing as a female qualifies as a female player.
|I was man enough.|
Before I get to the tournament itself, I have to thank Chad and Ann Albers who host this party/tournament every year. Thanks for letting me come to such a awesome party - great food, great times, great people, and as many shuttlecock jokes that you can imagine. I had a blast! I was amazed at your many flavored array of Jello shots...I don't drink and still I was mightily tempted. Thank you so much for all the time and effort that you put into this...it really did show through. Can't wait to see you guys again next year.
Although still sweating profusely4, we had acclimated somewhat to the heat and felt better during our second match. After our losing our last match so handily, I thought we would probably lose this match and be out of the tournament. We started off slow and the score was always within a point or two. CT and I started coming together more as a team and slowly our confidence grew. We won! Not by much, but it set the stage for our rise to power.
|There were a bunch of cocks..|
Throughout the day and between matches, many people told me that I could probably take off my dress now. I had made my point and there were a couple other all male teams with neither dressed as a female, but I replied that I wasn't going to lose the tournament due to a technicality. Which was true...I follow the rules, but I also thought it was a little intimidating. All teams would try to talk some smack before the match but after getting beat by a guy in a dress, I think there was more than a little bit of humiliation to the macho ego. It probably didn't help when Ann came out and clipped a small white bow into my chest hair.
Around 9pm, it was a little over midway through the tournament. It was getting dark but the temperature was not really going down. Hot, humid and sticky with bugs and mosquitoes, our resolved started to fail. We thought how nice it would be just to stay inside in the air conditioning and relax...badminton be damned! We forged our courage for one more game and we won again. We decided that it was best to stay outside in the heat as much as possible because going inside into the air conditioning just sapped our will to play.
|Spoils of War...|
At 2am, CT and I were crowned the 2010 Grand Champions of the Casa Albers Shuttlecock Classic. As champions we received golden shuttlecock necklaces/medals, a bottle of Fighting Cock Whiskey, and this awesome trophy:
|16 Inches of glorious Eagle Trophy|
|Waiting to be called up by the USOC|
I was going to post this right after the tournament but was hoping to get pictures from the hosts. So far no luck, but if I do get copies, they will be posted. Plus my normal photographer moved to Arizona, so sorry that they trophy picture isn't as awesome as it should be.
1. Highly trained in this case meaning a former high school and college athlete and someone who has never played a sport outside of phys ed class...can you guess which one I am?
2. Every girl should have one.
3. How hot was it? From about 4:30pm to 2:30am, I drank about 15 cans of pop and several glasses of water and ended up urinating a single time all day.
4. Being a lady, I didn't sweat...I glowed.