Miles Krajewski: Pro-Badminton HighlightPublished October 30, 2020
Who is Miles Krajewski?
Name: Miles Krajewski
Representing: USA Para-badminton team
BWF Ranking: 9th Men’s Singles (SH6)
Miles was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. He was the second oldest of six siblings – three boys, and three girls. Miles had an immediate love for sports and tried everything, including ice hockey. His condition has not held him back in his zeal for sport. Miles was the second oldest of six siblings, three boys, and three girls.
At the young age of 8, Miles participated in the World Dwarf Games in 2014. He was one of 395 athletes from 17 countries. The event is hosted by the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. One of the things Miles got to experience at the World Dwarf Games was the Olympic atmosphere created there. An athlete’s village, as well as opening and medal ceremonies, parallel the traditions of the Olympic Games. At the World Dwarf Games, Miles participated in TEN sporting events, including some he’d never tried before – namely badminton. Badminton soon became a passion for Miles.
It was evident early on that Krajewski was a shuttling prodigy. His parents put up a badminton net in the backyard, and Miles continued to practice. He played circuits around the US but made his first attempt at an international competition in Northern Ireland at just a day shy of 11 years old. His presence at that tournament was noticeable, mainly because of his age. His first competitor was almost three times his age. However, athletes two and three times his age welcomed him to the badminton community with open arms, sometimes giving him tips and tricks after watching his matches.
When Miles and his parents discovered that badminton was being added to the Paralympic Games for the first time ever in Tokyo, they knew Miles had a chance. He’s been working to gain qualifying points ever since.
Miles is still aiming for Paralympian status. He and his father wake up early in the morning to train before school and practice after school at a nearby facility. He spends weekends two hours away from home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for workouts and additional Saturday training with a professional coach. His future plans include hopefully qualifying for Tokyo, but at such a young age, Miles could easily be a qualifying contender for the summer Olympics for years to come. It’s possible that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg where Krajewski’s talent is concerned – and we can’t wait to see where he is headed!
Despite his age, Miles is a serious globe trotter – racking up qualifying points in countries all over the world. He’s traveled much more than the average 14-year-old, and is still doing his homework along the way. His parents request his homework in advance and he keeps up with his studies in between tournaments.
- November 2018 – Australia Parabadminton International- Silver in Doubles, Bronze in Singles
- April 2019 – Dubai Parabadminton International – Bronze in Doubles
- May 2019 – Canada Parabadminton International (University of Ottawa) – Silver in Mixed Doubles, Bronze in Men’s Doubles
- August 2019 – TOTAL BWF Parabadminton World Championships (Switzerland) Bronze in Men’s Doubles
- August 2019 – ParapanAm Games 2019 – (Badminton?s Debut Year at the ParapanAm Games) Silver in Men’s Singles
- October 2019 – Victor Denmark Parabadminton International – Bronze in Doubles
- February 2020 – Brazil Parabadminton International – Bronze in Men’s Doubles
- February 2020 – Peru Parabadminton International – Bronze in Singles, Silver in Men’s Doubles
Finding A Way
Check out this great story featuring Miles Krajewski put together by Midco Sports Magazine.