OSHAWA, Ont. – The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks were recently recognized by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) as the 2019 recipient of the CHAMP award for best competitive level championship.
This marks three straight years the Ridgebacks have captured a CHAMP (Celebrating and Honouring Achievements in Marketing and Promotions) award.
The 2019 OUA badminton championship, hosted for the first time by Ontario Tech, was a great success in the field of marketing and communications. The championship featured new initiatives including live streaming of a featured court, post-championship wrap up video, video interviews with participating athletes, a drawboard featuring the team matches and an focus on promotion around the facility and campus with signage featuring Ontario Tech badminton players.
"Here at Ontario Tech we really want our athletes and visiting athletes to have a great experience," said athletic director Scott Barker. "Hosting badminton for the first time in our program's short history, our team wanted to make sure we provided an experience the athletes wouldn't forget. We hope that was the case and are thankful to the OUA for this recognition."
This award is Ontario Tech's fourth CHAMP award. Last year, the Ridgebacks brought home awards for best high-performance championship and Hunter the Ridgeback winning the best mascot award.
Ridgeback players and coaches
L--> R are Wayne King (head coach), Doris Carriere (assistant coach), Brittney Yiu (assistant women's captain), Angela Li (team sparring assistant) and Mai Lyn Puittinen (team sparring assistant).