She is just 15 years of age but she is already becoming a household name in the badminton world. She is none other than Malaysia’s very own Goh Jin Wei. Born on 30th January 2000 in Bukit Mertajam Penang. She started playing badminton at the age of 7 and begin training with the famous coach, Teh Beng Huat who was also the coach for national number one, Lee Chong Wei, former top national doubles player, Chin Ee Hui and womens’ singles player, Tee Jing Yee.
When she was only 11, she won the Under-12 Grand Prix Finals (GP) and the Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSM) representing her primary school, SJKC Jit Sin ‘B’. This year, she created history to become the youngest national champion at the Kuala Lumpur Open in March. She was also the German Junior champion in her Europe tournament debut this year.
That was just the beginning of her career. In June, she won the bronze medal at the 2015 SEA Games defeating higher ranked players and in July, she continued her fine run to secure another bronze medal in the SCG Badminton Asia Junior Championships. Her biggest breakthrough came last week when she clinched her first international title in the senior level at the Yonex Belgian International. When asked on her many victories this year, the petite size Jin Wei could only say one word, ‘discipline’.
“I must always have the discipline because it is one of the most important factors in an athlete’s life. Besides that, I want to be a role model for the juniors who aspire to become a national shuttler,” said the Penang born lass.