Press Release Monday, April 24, 2017
For Immediate Release
THE 16-17 BLACK KNIGHT BADMINTON ONTARIO JR A CHAMPIONSHIPS SHOWCASES THE INCREASE OF QUALITY COMPETITON IN ONTARIO
MARKHAM—April 23, 2017— 209 of the province’s best badminton players hit the courts over the weekend for the 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr A Championships. Athletes from the U11 - U19 divisions participated in a variety of matches in the Markham Pan Am Centre over the weekend. Results have been posted for your convenience.
The weekend’s Triple Crown winners were:
Brian Yang / E Badminton Club
Liam Zhang / KC Badminton Club
Double Crown winners:
Katie Lau / KC Badminton Club
Jeffrey Liu / Mandarin Badmintob Club
Katy Wong / Su Badminton Club
Ivan Li / KC Badminton Club
Jacqueline Cheung / Mandarin Badminton Club
Talia Ng / E Badminton Club
Talia Ng of the E-Badminton Club and Double Crown winner spoke to Badminton Ontario about the strong and quality competition of this year’s championships.
“It’s pretty intense, every single round is hard and the player’s levels are equal. So, the games require a lot of focus and it really depends on how well you play that day that determines who wins.”
The 2015 U15 Jr Pan Am Champion points out the quality of the coaching in Ontario to the increase of skill and quality of athletes on the rise. She told us how badminton clubs in Ontario are acquiring coaches from different parts of the world and bringing their expert knowledge to the province.
“A lot of different clubs are getting different coaches from everywhere such as Indonesia and China and those are really strong countries in badminton. I think these coaches really help players in Ontario improve, making the quality of the competition great and much tougher.”
Stanley Feng of the Lee’s Badminton Training Centre and Talia’s mix double partner for the weekend spoke about how the entire Junior A Circuit has prepared him for this year’s championships.
“I think the circuits for the Junior A athletes have prepared me by providing me more court experience, as the more court experience I can get it allows me to understand and handle pressure on the court”
Feng also highlighted that the coaches have had a major role in the increased level of competition in the province. He spoke on how each coach has their own special techniques in teaching and getting their athletes to perform to way they want them to. Coaches also look to what other counties are doing and trying their techniques within their own coaching regime.
“Personally I do feel like the competition in Ontario is much tougher because of the increased of popularity in the sport with new people trying and playing the sport. The coaches are also becoming much better as they personally grow more and help more athletes grow much stronger.”
The competition was great at this year’s 16-17 Black Knight Junior A Championships as many of the athletes saw old and new players take their game to the next level. With such an increase in the quality in the sport here in Ontario, can only mean that Badminton is on the rise and is set to become on of the most played sports in the province.
Badminton Ontario would like to thank Black Knight for its continued sponsorship of the Black Knight Junior A Championships. For many of these athletes, these Provincial Championships are a final tune up for the Junior/U23 National Championships in Moncton NB (May 15-20).
Badminton Ontario (BON) is a not for profit amateur sport organization responsible for badminton within the province of Ontario. Badminton Ontario's vision is to connect with all athletes participating in badminton in Ontario, inspire athletes to cherish badminton and establish it as their sport for life.
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