Press Release Tuesday, May 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
THE 16-17 BLACK KNIGHT BADMINTON ONTARIO JR B CHAMPIONSHIPS FEATURES ONTARIO’S GROWING TALENT POOL
BURLINGTON—May 2, 2017— 219 of the province’s finest up and coming badminton players hit the courts over the weekend for the 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr B Championships. Athletes from the U13 - U19 divisions participated in a variety of matches at the Haber Community Centre over the weekend. Results have been posted for your convenience.
The weekend’s Triple Crown winner was:
Brooke Duoxi Yang / Advanced Badminton Club (U13)
Double Crown winners were:
Eve Wang / Soong Badminton Academy (U17)
Brandon Watkins / I Am Specialized Badminton Team (U19)
Kalie Rheaume / RA Badminton Club (U19)
Coach Janet Hugli of the Soong Badminton Academy took time from the busy tournament to speak to us about the ever-growing talent pool in the province and how Ontario is quickly growing through a focus on grassroots programs.
“If there are no grassroots, there will never be the top players. What is wonderful to see is that other clubs are now understanding that if you do not build grassroots will not have those top athletes in the future. It’s like building a castle or a skyscraper if you start only at the top and don’t have a solid foundation then you are going to fall over. More clubs are now developing more grassroots program and that is a huge help for the sustainability but also the growth of the sport.”
Coach Hugli also spoke about the future of the sport in Ontario, she has only positive thoughts and a great outlook for the future.
“Wonderful positive opportunity as long as clubs understand that you must build on both fundamentals and grassroots which is just as important as training top athletes. If there is no sustainability participation may suffer however there are many wonderful and positive opportunities to continue the growth of the sport if focus is put on all level of athletes.”
We also caught up National Official Lillian Cree, who was not only officiating last weekend but also was at the Junior A’s in Markham as well. She spoke about how the future of the sport is going in a positive direction.
“The standard of coaching in Ontario is improving so much and there are more children and athletes playing the sport. In addition, badminton is now being played more at the school level which wasn’t a few years ago, I think that is a big contributing factor to why there is more badminton being played.”
This season’s edition of the Black Knight Junior B Championships was filled with many strong and talented competitors. Many athletes had to take their game up a level as they all played to the best of their abilities to earn a place onto the podium. The increase of skilled competition only signals the increase of participation and the high quality of athletes that Ontario is producing.
Badminton Ontario would like to thank Black Knight for its continued sponsorship of the Black Knight Junior B Championships. The next major Badminton competition in Ontario will be held at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Ontario has been chosen to hold be the 2017 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships, July 21-28th. The best junior athletes from across the Americas will make their way to Markham for a tournament that will surely display badminton's future Olympians.
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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