In The Locker Room with Nick Mayor
Nick Mayor is a tall, flexible, charmingly stoic sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama. Born and raised in badminton country, Nick has grown up on backyard barbeque matches, travel teams and butt-whooping losses to a fiesty Indonesian master at Birmingham’s local badminton club. Nick currently competes in the athletic department’s badminton class and is looking to start an Oberlin badminton club of his own. This strapping neuroscience major sits down to talk about badminton style, getting smashed and a “between-the-legs backhand.”
LR: Most elite college athletes began playing their sport of choice at a
very young age. How old were you when you first picked up the badminton
LR: So you started to take badminton more seriously once you joined a club
and hit the court in a “father-and-son-dominate-all” type
LR: Badminton does not strike me as a team sport. You liked the team
aspect? Did it improve your social status in high school or make you feel a lot
more secure knowing that you had a crew of rough and tough badminton homies?
LR: Does your height give you an advantage over other competitors? Height
and flexibility are two important components for a competitive badminton player.
LR: I have heard that badminton players get treated like celebrities in
China, Japan and most likely Indonesia. What is the local badminton scene like
in rural Ohio?
LR: What kind of athletic gear is involved in the sport of
LR: What is it called when you jump up and hit the birdie really hard into
people’s faces or at weird angles so that they can’t return the
LR: What other kinds of moves are there?
LR: I have found with badminton that sometimes the person on the other
side of the net can teach you more than just the lessons of the game but also
the lessons of life (sigh). Realistically though, is there enough interest for a
badminton club or an ExCo in Oberlin?