USANA Australia is excited to officially welcome Badminton star Sawan Serasinghe to Team USANA. Sawan is ranked No.1 in Men’s Doubles Badminton in Australia as well as Oceania and has recently qualified for the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.
Sawan started playing badminton at the age of 5 with the encouragement of his parents. By the age of 11 he had won a series of Junior National titles in Sri Lanka before moving to Australia and at the age of 16 he had amazingly managed to secure himself a Junior International title. Now Sawan has an Olympic gold medal in his sights. Off the court, Sawan studies a Bachelor of Business Information Systems at Monash University.
His inspirational drive and will power is what keeps his body in check.
“I train 6 days a week, at least 2 sessions a day where 2 sessions can last up to 5-6 hours a day. I do my on-court training at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre and Strength & Conditioning at the Victorian Institute of Sport.”
Sawan gives us an insight into how he manages a healthy diet and reveals the contributing factors to his success.
“I am always conscious of what I eat and how much of it, I always get help from my coaches and nutritionist if needed, and I have regular skinfold measurements and weight measurements to make sure I’m on the right track with my training and diet.”
His other major concerns include making sure he has “enough energy during training days and especially during tournament weeks, hydrating well, and including enough carbohydrates as well as protein to his diet to help the recovery process.”
With strong enthusiasm, Sawan believes USANA can help improve his performance and allow him to compete at his best.
“I am very excited and honoured to come on board with USANA and to know that I have the best products to support me every day. This is crucial to my training program as it will help me recover and push myself at training every day to make sure I perform at the my best during competitions”
Sawan takes his health very seriously and believes that the first step to sporting success or even success in general, is having a healthy lifestyle.
“Always treat your body like a temple whether it’s doing the right things to maximise recovery, having a balanced diet, doing the right exercises or even sleeping early for enough rest.”
Sawan likes to motivate himself to chase after his goals and heighten his hunger for greatness. He says being a professional athlete takes a lot of persistence, determination and motivation. Staying focused is as detrimental to performance as having a healthy lifestyle.
“I take on my busy schedule one day at a time, always reminding myself about the end goal and what I have done so far to get here. I also look up to other great athletes for motivation.”
Looking to the future, this rising star is determined to “break into the top 3 in world rankings and win a world championship.”
We wish Sawan the best of luck at the upcoming Rio Olympics and once again give him a warm welcome to Team USANA.
Highlights and awards
2014 Sydney International Championship (Sydney, Australia) – 1st Mixed Doubles
2015 Norwegian International Championships (Sandefjord, Norway) – 1st Mixed Doubles
2015 Oceania Team Championships (Auckland, New Zealand) – 1st Men’s Doubles
2016 Australian Open (Sydney, Australia) – 32nd Men’s Doubles
2016 Oceania Championships (French Polynesia, Tahiti) – 1st Men’s Doubles