Racket Boy – An autobiography by Philip George

Racket Boy’s Month of Milestones

April has truly been a whirlwind of excitement and achievement for the Racket Boy team! Across four weekends, we embarked on a journey filled with unforgettable moments and meaningful connections.

Four events over four weekends: a soft launch at the Popular Bookfest in KLCC, a grand launch at Gerakbudaya, the docufilm premiere at Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial and our final Racket Talk at the handsome St. John’s Institution, Bukit Nanas.

During his early days in Malaya, Philip had played badminton in St. John’s Institution, travelling far from his rubber estate in Kajang to KL’s topmost school- an experience that left him intimidated but ultimately shaped his journey in many ways. On his return to the currently rundown yet still elegant grounds of St John’s Institution, Philip shared his survival blueprint titled “Flight of the Shuttlecock” which was followed by an interactive session with the audience, including young badminton trainees from India and the Maldives, under the guidance of Malaysian coach, Jiva.

A definite highlight was the presence of Malaysia’s Flying Doctor and iconic Asian athlete of the 1960s, Tan Sri Dr. Mani Jegathesan, who made the event more heartwarming with his sharp observations and questions.

As we reflect on the past month, one thing is clear: hard work and determination can truly move mountains. Each event, each interaction, and each milestone has been a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey—we couldn’t have done it without you.

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