A three-year varsity player, Meghan Salgia is dedicated to her craft and is a team role model. The senior has been in the top singles positions for the last two years, and qualified for state last season, following in her older sister Sabrina’s footsteps.
Head coach Eve Muir-Wilson says that Salgia is “very skilled on the court and has a winning attitude, facing the toughest opponents and never giving up. She also has a great personality and is loved by everyone on the team.”
Name: Meghan Salgia
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Park Ridge
Position: # 1 Singles
How long have you played badminton? 4 years
What do you love most about badminton?
It is an individual sport, yet there is also a team aspect to it. I get to play and do my personal best each game, but there is still a whole team that is there to support me and that I can support as well.
What are your goals when you play? How do you achieve them?
Just to play my hardest every game. Even though I am playing the best of the best on each team, I give it my all no matter who my opponent is.
What was your favorite moment this season?
Unfortunately, I did not qualify after losing in a close split to Deerfield in the state qualifying match. However, my two teammates, Natalie Michalski and Rinya Kamber, did make it to state as a doubles team. I was able to travel with them down to state and had one of the best experiences of my life. We had a lot of bonding time with the team and coaches and it is an experience I will never forget.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
After warming up with my opponent I always get a drink of water, wipe off my shoes, and take a deep breath before serving.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My whole family. Both of my siblings play tennis and my sister, Sabrina, plays badminton as well. I practice both sports with my siblings a lot. We always encourage each other to keep improving and to play our hardest, and yet we are still able to bring out the competitive side in one another. My parents are also always supportive of my sports. At least one of them has been to almost all of my games throughout high school, and I am very thankful for this kind of support in my family.
If you didn’t play badminton, what would you be doing?
I would be reading more and working on my tennis game.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Roger Federer because of his demeanor on the court. He has steadily worked on his personal, professional, and athletic development throughout the years. I respect his quality sportsmanship, his work ethic, and his persistence in his tennis game. He consistently persists throughout the whole match, no matter if he is winning or losing.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside badminton?
I play tennis, piano, violin, and teach catechesis at my local church.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”
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