Jeffrey Tho – Australian Badminton Player

 

Jeff is a two-time Australian Commonwealth Games athlete, a general dentist, dental practice owner in Ballarat, Victoria, and the co-founder Elevate A Pty Ltd. Jeff has been a long-time advocate for wearing equilibras™ e-flips™ as a  health and performance footwear.

Synopsis of Sporting Profile

  • Australian player representative at Commonwealth Games 2010 -2014
  • 2017 Nouméa International Doubles – runner up with partner Joe Findlay
  • 2014 Oceania Championship – Gold Medal
  • 2010 Oceania Championships- Bronze Medal
  • Australian Junior representative

About Jeff

Jeff aspires to make a difference and have a positive impact on the world and finds great satisfaction in helping others and improving the lives of the people around him. Hef believes in self-mastery and the need for constant personal growth, he is always taking on challenges and pushing the boundaries and limits for innovative new ideas. He is highly motivated and determined individual who is passionate about self-improvement, achieving his goals and striving for excellence in all aspects of his life.

His dad introduced him to badminton when he was 10 years old and at the age of 12, he made the under-17 state Victorian team. When he was 14, he qualified for the under-19 state Victorian team. Then in 2004 when he was 16, he represented Australia at the Junior Commonwealth Games.

In 2006 he played for Australia in the World Junior Championships when he was nearly 18. He didn’t get into dentistry at university that year so he spent the next year playing badminton. He reapplied for dentistry in 2007 and got in but he also had a shot at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. JHe decided to take another year off to train full-time again. During this period, he also played in competitions in Asia, Europe, USA and South America.

At the end of 2007, he was still looking good to get into the Olympics. he managed to get special consideration from university  and took another year off. He just missed out on making the Olympic team. Later that year He won the Australian National Championships which gave him the number-one ranking in Australia.

After taking three years off, he finally started my dentistry degree in 2009. During the first couple of years, he was still able to travel overseas to represent Australia in badminton, including the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. After that, the dentistry became quite demanding and he didn’t play any international tournaments until the end of 2013. Then he competed in the 2014 Oceania Championships and won the men’s singles.

Jeff says “I really love playing badminton but I also love the sense of achievement the game has given me—it’s a fantastic sport.”

Although his capabilities fall far short in other sports, Jeff enjoys golf, fishing, snowboarding and watching AFL