KUALA LUMPUR: Mum knows best. Just ask shuttler Leong Jun Hao of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Thanks to a change in his diet following an advice from his mother Low Sow Ling, a taller and physically well-built Jun Hao continues to impress in the Junior Purple League (JPL).
The 16-year-old Jun Hao, standing at 1.71m, defeated senior Lee Zii Jia 10-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-7 in the men’s singles to give Klang United BC a flying start in the tie against Puchong United BC on Sunday.
Jun Hao’s win inspired the team to clinch a 12-9 win at the KSL Sports Puchong Utama.
It was Jun Hao’s third win in the league, having beaten Youth Olympic Games winner Cheam June Wei of Nusajaya BC last week and Ilham Sri Yulianto of Muar City BC on Saturday.
Jun Hao was happy with his progress.
“Two years ago, my physique was quite small. And I stood at only 1.53m,” said Jun Hao, who joined BJSS in 2011.
“My mother made me change my diet. I take healtier food and supplements too. Now, I am taller and physically stronger.
“I have beaten two of my seniors. The format of this league is different but winning against better players gives me the motivation.
“This league has given me the opportunity to see where I stand against other top players. There is plenty of room for improvements and I will work harder to narrow the gap,” added Jun Hao.
Jun Hao lost a chance to impress the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) selectors during a selection trial for the World Junior Championships last month due to an ankle injury. But his performances in the league so far augurs well for the future.