Player Profile - Nic Strange

DOB: 26/03/87

Hometown: Llandudno

Current location: Cardiff

Discipline/s: Mens Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Squad: HPC SE/Wales

Sponsor: Ashaway

Sporting History: Started playing badminton at the age of 15 at Great Orme Club in Bryn Estyn coached by Joe Hill and Neil Cottrill.

Biggest achievement: National Champion 2012 and 2013

Other than the Welsh International, my favourite tournament is… the Slovak Open as it was my first International win.

Best tip for tournaments: Eat right, sleep right and play right!

Favourite workout song: Nelly - Here comes the Boom

Favourite training session: Every session is different but they usually involve being pushed to the limit by Matt Hughes which is always good.

Least favourite training session: Intervals, hands down.

Favourite piece of sporting kit: Rackets

Biggest fear: Getting a career ending injury.

My Idol/hero/role model is… Lleyton Hewitt

If I wasn’t a full time athlete I would be… living somewhere warm making millions off stocks and shares.

Favourite/best piece of advice you have been given: Work hard and train hard then nobody can say you didn’t give it your best.

When I retire from being an athlete I will… travel the world and see some amazing things.

Sporting ambition: Gain caps for Wales in team events and play in Commonwealth Games.

Proudest moment of my life so far: Graduating from University twice.

Food: guilty pleasure: Sponge Cake

Favourite training fuel: Always have an apple at training... bananas are so overrated!

Couldn’t live without: My XBOX live and Call of Duty game!

When I stop competing I will… try and pass on what I have learnt to all aspiring young Welsh players.

Superstitions/routines: Dont really believe in them... but the further I get in competitions the more things I try and make the same as the last day.

Apart from badminton, my favourite sport is… Rugby

If I wasn’t a badminton player, I’d play… Tennis all day in the sun.

Random fact: 1/3 of your life is spent sleeping... as an athlete it’s more like 2/3.

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