PLEASE HELP ME RAISE FUNDS TO CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND FOR TRAVEL COSTS TO MY TOURNAMENTS
I am Roanne Apalisok. I am 12 years old and attend Sancta Maria College. I am passionately involved in playing badminton as my sport. I am ranked number two in the U15 age group in New Zealand Badminton. Recently, I placed 2nd in Girls Singles, 2nd in Mixed Doubles & 2nd in Girls Doubles in the U15 National Championships held in Wellington. Last year, I won National titles both for Girls Singles and Girls Doubles and placed second in the Mixed Doubles in the National Championships for U13.
At the age of nine, I started winning club tournaments and eventually progressed to win New Zealand Badminton sanctioned tournaments. I have been selected in the Badminton New Zealand U15 National Squad, a selection of elite junior players from all over the country. In June 2016, I was selected to represent and play for New Zealand in the TRANS-TASMAN Test Series in Sydney and won the Girls Singles Title against the Australians.
At this early age, I am already expressing my desire to pursue this sport as a professional career and to become a world champion. One of my coaches, Ji Hyun Marr, a world champion herself (former World Number two), is my inspiration. With this in mind, I constantly strive to develop myself and train six days per week in order to further improve my skills.
ANY CONTRIBUTION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
I would like to appeal to you for financial support to help me sustain my training programme and pay for travel costs. My parents are feeling the burden of the costs associated with badminton at this level and I am unable to progress further and fulfill my dream in Badminton.