March 22, 2016 / Badminton Ontario
The 15.16 Badminton Ontario Adult Open Championship deemed small and mighty
Markham’s Mandarin Badminton Club hosted the 15.16 Badminton Ontario Adult Open Championship this past Sunday. A total of 33 athletes spent time vying for the win over the course of the ten hour tournament, with matches deemed both intense and exciting. With this past weekend’s youngest registrant born in 2001, and the oldest in 1959, the 15.16 Adult Open offered up a vast array of competition and experience.
The following is a summary of results:
WS: Olivia Lei (Su Badminton) defeated Katie Ho-Shue (E Badminton)
MS: Jason Ho-Shue (E Badminton) defeated Sankeerth Bagalur Rajanna (KCBC)
XD: Olivia Lei & Adam Dong (Su Badminton) defeated Talia Ng & Victor Lu (E Badminton)
WD: Olivia Lei (Su Badminton) & Yan Zhou (Mandarin) defeated Catherine Choi & Talia Ng (E Badminton)
MD: Nicky Aung (Mandarin) & Adam Dong (Su Badminton) defeated Jason Ho-Shue & Jonathan Lai (E Badminton)
Notable results following the weekend’s Adult Open Championship include Triple Crown winner, Olivia Lei, of Su Badminton.
Leading up to his Men’s Doubles gold medal win, along with MD partner Adam Dong, Badminton Ontario sat down with Mandarin coach, Nicky Aung, to discuss the club’s approach to athlete development. A former Senior National team member in his native home of Myanmar, Aung is well versed when it comes to the ins and outs of long term athlete growth and progress.
After having won the Senior National title in Myanmar in both 2010 and 2011, Aung looked for opportunities to give back to his sport, while spreading his wings, and traveling. These days his primary focus is helping Mandarin Badminton Club’s Junior National players evolve into Senior National players. Having been in Canada for four years now, Nicky has learned that one of the greatest challenges facing elite badminton players in our country is the lack of international exposure and experience they are able to collect along the way.
“There are a lot of tournaments within Ontario, but the players here are lacking in different types of competition, and in experience with international competition, too. When they always face the same competition over and over, it is hard to learn different techniques. It is my job to introduce them to different challenges.”
Aung shares his thoughts on the importance of encouraging provincial players to participate in matches against athletes from provinces like British Columbia and Quebec. He is quick to point out that the kids he coaches at Mandarin are expeditious when it comes to picking up on the rapid footwork required for success, along with other essentials, like the proper way to hit. Most importantly, their drive to win, he says, is fierce.
And with coaches like Nicky Aung in their court, our Ontario athletes will only get better.
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 contact: Sarah Miller, Badminton Ontario, cell (905) 749-0361 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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