“I had no badminton racket of my own because my parents could not afford to buy me one,” says Fredy. Fredy’s father was a shop assistant, and his mother worked as a cook at the Compassion center. He knew they couldn’t afford sporting equipment, so he just used an old, borrowed racket.
But a gift from his sponsor would change that.
“My sponsor sent me a birthday gift, some money that I could use to buy anything I needed. With it, I bought my first racket,” says Fredy. “Through that gift, and through my sponsor’s letters and prayers, he had a big impact in my life.”
Fredy has come a long way from the skinny kid with the borrowed badminton racket. Today, the 25-year-old is ranked one of the best badminton players in Indonesia. In 2016 he competed in the Paralympic Games and won four medals in the Singapore championship — including two golds.
Currently, Fredy is training for the 2020 International Paralympic Games in Japan. He trains hard and has even been able to pay for his younger sister to go to school through his badminton sponsorships and winnings.
But through it all, Fredy has not forgotten where it started. With encouraging tutors, patient coaches and a supportive sponsor. Every week he visits the Compassion center where he got his start.
“I like to visit and talk with the children there,” says Fredy. “I want them to know that anyone can accomplish their dreams. Anyone.”
And those children get to see that transformation is possible — because in Fredy, they see themselves.