Media Release January 10, 2018
TORONTO – January 10, 2018 – The new year started off with some fast-paced badminton, as Humber College played host to the Yonex Ontario Senior Elite last weekend. The weekend event saw 136 athletes from across Canada compete in the Men’s Single and Doubles, the Women’s Singles and Doubles and the Mixed Doubles categories.
The first badminton event of the new calendar year did not disappoint as the nation’s top athletes all competed fiercely to earn a spot on the podium. Rachel Honderich is one athlete who earn Gold in the Mixed Doubles event, we had the opportunity to speak to Rachel about this weekend’s competition.
“The quality of this weekend’s tournament as been the highest that I have ever seen. Most of Canada’s top players are competing at their highest level here which is making this event a lot of fun to play in, but also the presence of foreign coaches from different countries has brought the level even higher as they bring in their expertise and experience.”
Rachel who trains out of the E Badminton Training Centre also spoke to us about her goals for not only this year but for the long-term future as well.
“I have some major short-term goals that I am working towards which include winning Gold at the upcoming senior nationals in the women’s double category but to also qualify for this year’s commonwealth games which are being held in Australia. My long-term goal that I work every day to achieve is to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. I train really hard every day and I know if I keep working and training hard I will reach my goals!”
We also had the opportunity to sit down with national team member B.R. Sankeerth, who also comepeted at the tournament. Sankeerth spoke to us about how he mentally prepares before a big match.
“It all starts the previous evening before match day, this is where I do my homework and start plotting out the steps I need to do be successful. Not every opponent will be the same so I make sure I have different plans for different situations. That night I make sure I get a good rest so that my body can be prepared for the intense games that will come. An hour before my match starts, that is when I focus 100% on my game and the task ahead of me. I block everything out and get myself into the zone so I can be mental and physically ready. It is all mental, if you are mentally strong and ready, your body will follow right behind.”
We asked Sankeerth what type of advice he would give to new athletes who decided to pick up a badminton racket for the first time and he gave some wise words to think about.
“Badminton is a sport where with constant effort and participation in competitions will help you get better and better. Becoming great at the sport takes time so the more you play, the more you learn. Constant and regular training is defiantly the main ingredient so make sure you keep working hard and stay persistent. After a certain level, nothing can replace a tournament situation win or lose you will learn and grow.”
P.J. Williams officiated at this weekend’s tournament, he traveled all the way from Trinidad and Tobago to be part of the event. We had the opportunity to speak with him, he spoke to us about the weekend’s officiating.
“The officiating at this tournament is different from what I have done in the past, the set up is slightly different but the officiating is extremely high. The standard of officiating in Canada is on a different level and I recommend any officials looking to get experience to look at a tournament like this one. I had a great experience and hope to officiate next year”
The athlete below are the Ontario athletes who medaled on the weekend
Febriyan, Brian, Fernando
Adam/Putra, Jason/Nyl, Jonathan
Michelle, Rachel, Yee Theng
The Final Results have been posted on the Badminton Ontario website for your convenience. 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