Press Release Monday, January 23, 2017
For Immediate Release
Long-term athlete development key at the 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #5 Mandarin
MARKHAM—January 23, 2017—This weekend’s 16-17 Black Knight Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #5 saw more than 100 athletes from 12 different clubs competing at Mandarin Badminton Club. Players from Ontario badminton clubs competed in U11, U13 and U17 matches on Saturday and Sunday. Final results have been posted on Badminton Ontario’s website for your convenience.
This weekend’s Triple Crown winners (all events) include:
Lyric Su (U11) KCBC, Jackie Dent (U13) KCBC, Jacqueline Cheung (U17) Mandarin
The weekend’s Double Crown winners were:
Liam Zhang (U11) KCBC, Joshua Nguyen (U13) E Badminton
Waterloo’s Jackie Dent (KC Badminton Club) had her heart set on Double or Triple Crown success from the moment the tournament got underway.
“It’s been a good season so far. I got Triple Crown at the last U13 (Badminton Ontario) tournament, and I’m hoping for that again this weekend. I’m trying to make it to the Junior Pan Am Championships as a U15 player. At KC, we’ve been working really hard on our agility and running a lot, too. Fitness is important in badminton.”
Jackie’s friend and fellow badminton athlete, Chloe Hoang (E Badminton), was feeling equally prepared heading into the weekend.
“I’m thinking about trying out for the U13 Pan Am Junior team, so tournaments like this help me to prepare. This weekend, it would be great to get gold in my events – especially in doubles! I used to just play for fun with my Dad at a school here in Markham, but coach Efendi (Wijaya, Head Coach at E Badminton) has taught me a lot since then. He’s taught me about hitting, and about how physical fitness is very important – so that you have the stamina you need for a longer game. These days (while training), we do lots of footwork and we run a lot. Efendi tells us it’s important to always try your hardest. It’s been a really good start to the season.”
Despite the two athletes playing for different clubs, Jackie and Chloe have found common ground – and a shared passion – in their desire to hit the court together as Girls Doubles partners. Early Saturday afternoon, Jackie spoke to Badminton Ontario’s Sarah Miller about their success as a team so far.
“There’s no U13 (category) at Nationals, so Chloe and I have teamed up together to play U15. We recently made it to the semi-finals as a team in Gatineau, Quebec — and we made it to the semis at a national event in Moncton before that. “
When asked about personal, long-term athlete development – and where she’d like to see her badminton journey take her – Jackie opened up about how far she has come since joining KCBC.
“When I was three, I wasn’t able to hit over the net, so we would just use one half of the court – without a net – because I was too short. When I was five, I started training with Kevin (Cao, Head Coach at KCBC). I like playing badminton just for fun, but one day I’d like to go the Olympics, maybe. Playing U15 with Chloe is fun because we get to face people who are older than we are. And there’s more of a challenge in that.“
Badminton World Federation line judge and provincial umpire for Badminton Ontario, Dennis Lam, is enthusiastic when it comes to the importance of tournaments – just like this one – for athletes of varying skill and ability.
“I see (firsthand) how the training benefits these athletes – even the very young ones. Badminton is a very physical game, but it’s also a game for the mind. You need energy and stamina to play in tournaments like this one. And often these athletes are on the court all alone. Badminton teaches independence, focus, strategic planning – but it also gives children the skills they need to cope with being in the spotlight. To become an elite player, athletes need to participate in – and be challenged by – tournaments like the ones Badminton Ontario hosts.”
Badminton Ontario would like to thank Black Knight for its continued sponsorship of the Black Knight Junior A and Junior B circuits. Registration for the 16.17 BLACK KNIGHT Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series #6 – Granite Club is open until February 10, 2017.
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.
For more information, please contact: Sarah Miller, Badminton Ontario, at firstname.lastname@example.org