Coach Fernando began his badminton career at 10 years of age and has since learned the game from a number of internationally renowned coaches. When Coach Fernando first fell in love with the sport, there were no dedicated badminton facilities available, nor professional badminton coaches to teach him the basics. But his motivation and focus on the sport led him to train by himself, devising his own regimen for conditioning and practising footwork, and by hitting the bird against walls.
Known as 'Badminton Fernando' in Sri Lanka and 'Sheikh of the Shuttle' in Bahrain, Coach Fernando's career has included many highlights:
- He was the National Badminton Champion, State of Bahrain, Arabian Gulf.
- He participated in the World Masters Games, Edmonton 2005.
- Coach Fernando was placed 2nd in his group at the 2009 World Masters Games held in Sydney, Australia.
- He represented his school team at the age of 11 years.
- He was the Junior National Champion in Sri Lanka for the age groups 12, 14, 16 & 18.
- Triple Crown provincial champion in Sri Lanka.
- He represented Sri Lanka on the national team for several years.
- He toured China, Hong Kong,India, Indonesia,Thailand,Singapore,Bahrain,Dubai,Malaysia,The Netherlands,Australia,Czech Republic,Denmark,Sweden,Belgium,United States, Costa Rica,and the United Kingdom for badminton tournaments and badminton programs.
- "GOLD" medalist and placed 1st at the 2012 US senior International Badminton Championships held in Miami, USA singles event.The tournament was sanctioned by (BWF) Badminton World Federation.
- 'Silver' medalist at 2013 US senior international Badminton championships held in Orange County, California
As a Coach
Founder and Head Coach of Fernando Youth Badminton Academy, Canada, and having coached several schools and clubs in Sri Lanka for over 20 years, Coach Fernando background and credentials are extensive:
- National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) level 1, level 2 and level 3 fully certified. Certification conducted by the Coaching Association of Canada.
- Conducted a coaching program in Bangkok, Thailand for junior national level players. March 2014.
- Followed an advanced training program for coaches in Xiamen, China. March 2014
- Invited by Costa Rica Badminton Association to conduct a series of badminton coaching programs in San Jose, Costa Rica to national level players, physical education teachers, school players and club level players. July 2012
- Visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2011 with 3 students from the badminton academy for an advanced coaching program.
- Appointed as Coach for Toronto & District Badminton team to represent at Ontario Winter Games in March of 2010.
- Participated as a coach at an International coaching program in Denmark 2010 July.
- Completed a professional badminton coaching program designed for badminton coaches in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2008
- Followed a professional coaching program for coaches in Guangzhou, China in October 2009.
- City of Brampton, Parks & Recreation, part time Badminton instructor and was instrumental in designing the badminton curriculum
- Royal Canadian Yacht Club part time badminton coach 2002- 2006
- Etobicoke Junior Badminton Club part time badminton coach 2002 -2004
- Appointed District Badminton Coach in Sri Lanka
- Head Coach Bahrain Sports Club, Bahrain
Achievements as a Coach
- Student Piumika Fernando became the under 16 World Racketlon Champion in the Netherlands. Racketlon is a combination of 4 racquet sports: badminton, tennis, squash & table tennis.
- Produced several regional champions since 2008 in the age groups of under 10, 14, 16 and 18.
- More than 60% of students of the Academy were selected to represent their respective school teams in the year 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Several students of the academy were qualified to participate in (ROPSSAA) Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association championships and (OFSSAA) Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletics Association.
As a player
- World Champion in Racketlon
- 3 time Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) winner
- Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic Association(OFSSAA) participant
- Senior Female athlete of the year at Turner Fenton Public School 2008-2009
- Recipient of the Leader of Tomorrow award from the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada for the achievements at the Racketlon World Championships. Recipient of Citizens Award for City of Brampton for winning a World Championship
- Total of 9 years experience as a coach
- NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 1, and 2 aspirant
- 2010 Ontario Winter Games Toronto & District team manager
- Completed Bachelor of Physical and Health Education/ Kinesiology at the University of Toronto
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