Nicholas Waller ’18 takes on the badminton world

Badminton star Nicholas Waller '18 is hoping to compete in the Olympics. Photo/Michael Lovett

By Julian Cardillo ’14

Unlike most athletes at Brandeis, Nicholas Waller ’18 operates almost completely out of the spotlight — which is shocking, considering he’s put himself on the path to becoming an Olympian.

Waller doesn’t play on a Judges varsity team. He plays badminton and is currently ranked sixth in the country. He represents the United States at the highest competitive echelons and from May 21 to 28, the Natick, Massachusetts native competed on the 10-person U.S. national team at the 2017 Sudirman Cup in Brisbane, Australia.

At Brandeis, Waller majors in biology and minors in chemistry and economics. But when he’s not studying or sleeping, odds are you’ll find him nearby at one of two private badminton clubs in Wellesley and Westborough. Waller’s success in this unique sport is mostly a secret on campus. He is shy, a perfect foil for his dynamic and swift play on a badminton court, and doesn’t talk about his athletic experience very often.

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Categories: Students
Date: June 26, 2017