Media Release December 18, 2017
SCARBOROUGH – December 18, 2017 – The Epic Sport Badminton Club played host as the final junior high-performance A tournament of 2017. The Black Knight JR HP A #4 tournament saw 217 youth athletes from across the province compete in the U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19 categories.
Last weekend’s competition displayed an impressive showing by all the athletes. This being the last tournament of the calendar year, many of the participants took their game to the next level to end 2017 with a place on the podium. One such athlete, who took time before her matches to speak with us about the weekend’s competition and the person who pushes her to succeed was Jackie Dent who competes out of the KC Badminton Club.
“The competition this weekend has been really great! From what I have seen the competition is higher then ever which makes me compete harder and strive to improve. The competition is only getting tougher and harder because of the great strides that badminton is doing in Canada and Ontario. Badminton is one of the most played sports in Canada, not only because of the large Asian population in Canada but due to it badminton being an all year sport which appeals to people from all ages.”
Jackie gave a very strong showing at the tournament earning three first place finishes resulting in a triple crown title by winning in the girls singles, girls doubles and mixed doubles categories of her age group. She attributes her accomplishments to her training and her coach Kevin Cao.
“I train six days a week, with one free day to relax though I usually end up playing a few games on my day off for fun. I also train by reviewing at my old games either after a tournament or a loss, I review what went well and what I need to improve which I fix when I physically train. My coach is also a one of the reasons I have done so well, he has been my coach since I was very young. With his help and guidance, I have been able to represent Canada and exceed in not only my own but other age categories as well.”
The athletes below are the Triple Crown Winners of the weekend:
U11 – Ricky Tao – KC Badminton Club
U13 – Michael Ji – KC Badminton Club
U15 – Jackie Dent – KC Badminton Club
U19 – Ricardo Astan – KC Badminton Club
U19 – Sharon Au – Ontario Badminton Academy
The Double Crown Winners:
U11 – Erin Pan – Su Badminton Club
U13 – Chloe Lee – Mandarin Badminton
U15 – Alex Longsheng Xu – KC Badminton Club
The Final Results have been posted on the Badminton Ontario website for your convenience. Badminton Ontario would like to thank Black Knight for its continued sponsorship of the Black Knight Jr HP Series. The next Black Knight Jr A HP tournament will be hosted by the Mandarin Badminton Club on January 20, 2018.
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.
Luis Paredes, Badminton Ontario