Press Release Wednesday, December 21, 2016
For Immediate Release
Dreams and hard work lead to success at the 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #4
TORONTO—December 21, 2016—Seneca College played host to the 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #4 this past weekend. Despite inclement weather, the tournament went off without a hitch. 185 athletes from 18 Ontario clubs competed in U11-U19 matches on Saturday and Sunday at Seneca College’s Newnham Campus.
International Official, Jolyon Thompson, was the weekend’s Head Referee, and spoke to Badminton Ontario’s Sarah Miller about the many benefits of Ontario’s Jr A circuit.
“Given the size of the draw – and the 180 plus athletes who entered from several keen and competitive clubs – these athletes have a great opportunity to try their skills against other players. We’re seeing some first-rate badminton here in Canada these days, the country is poised to do very well in the years ahead. There are some very technically proficient youngsters who are playing in a lot of these tournaments – they’re giving it their all – so it’s really exciting to watch. And it bodes well for the future of the sport.”
Triple Crown winner, Rachel Chan, is often described as one such player. Chan has been playing badminton since she was six. At nine, she joined Lee’s Badminton in Markham and began to really think about competing in the sport seriously.
“I started off losing every game I played. After my first year, I gradually got better and better. Last year was my first year at Nationals, and it was pretty fun. That meant playing against some different players, although some of them were also from Ontario. We had Nationals again – just last week – and after I got home this time, I studied my games on video and was able to see what had gone wrong. I watched the videos with my Dad and my coaches, and decided I needed to make some changes within the week (leading up to this tournament). I’m definitely looking forward to learning and playing more – especially because this year, the Junior Pan Am Championships are in Toronto!”
The weekend’s other Triple Crown winners include:
Liam Zhang, KC Badminton
Jeffrey Liu, Mandarin Badminton
Katy Wong, Su Badminton
Sharon Au, KC Badminton
Double Crown winner, Ivan Li of KC Badminton Club, echoed Rachel’s enthusiasm for the weekend tournament – and the sport itself – when he sat down to speak with Badminton Ontario.
“I have Doubles coming up here later today. And I have Mixed coming up today, too. But since my partners (in both instances) are from other clubs, it’s sometimes harder to train with them. We have to do a really good job at planning out our schedule (in advance). I can see there’s a lot of competition here today, but my partners have always helped me to train really hard – and to win. And my training at KC helps me, too. So, I’m feeling prepared.”
Li’s preparation and confidence, both firmly within his control, were the key to claiming another successful weekend on the courts.
Final results have been posted for your convenience on Badminton Ontario’s website. Registration for the 16.17 BLACK KNIGHT Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #5 – Mandarin will remain open until January 6, 2017.
For more information, please contact: Sarah Miller, Badminton Ontario, cell (905) 749-0361 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org