No one wants to get old fast, especially when he is enjoying what he is doing and pretty much on the peak of performance.Â Peter Hoeg Gade just turned 35 in December and he is the oldest men’s player on tour. He thinks it is a true reflection
of him - the Peter Pan of badminton who just wants to keep on playing.
Peter Christensen Gade, who has graced the badminton scene for more than two
decades, unveiled his plan for the future.Â He wants to be a coach when he ends his playing career after next year’s Olympic Games in London.Â The Dane has kept a few options open as far as his coaching career is concerned.
cannot run away from the sport. I have given it a lot of thought and
decided that badminton will always be a big part of my life,” said Gade .
He has not decided whether he will start his own training center or contribute to the national association.
“Right now, all I know is that I love coaching.
“I have been working with youngsters and I can give them so much – especially in preparing them mentally.
have traveled so much as a player and the coaching option will also
give me more time with my two children after the Olympics.”
coach, Christensen wants to be an agent of change – especially in
helping the Denmark Badminton Association gain a sound financial
”Denmark have a very good development program but we
don’t have enough money coming in. China sometimes send 5-6 coaches for a
tournament while Denmark is lucky to even send one. Maybe I can make a
difference,” he laughingly said it.
“With the right backing, we can do much
more to increase the pool of players in the international stage –
especially in the men’s singles.”
On his remaining months as a player, Gade said: “A player’s learning curve never ends.
“I have to be stronger and faster to keep up with players like Lin Dan, Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei.
“I may be getting old but my dream remains the same – to win a medal in my last Olympics.”