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Official Magazine of Badminton Ontario

$9.95 Volume 1 Issue 2 Summer 2010

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where are they now: kyle hunter and mike beres

profiling some of ontario’s top hopefuls

2011 games cancelled

ontario results

fiona mckee’s new blog from denmark

the canada team has been announced

Nyl Yakura - Triple Crown at Junior Pan American Championships

Board of Directors

District Presidents

President: Eduardo Gregorio

TDBA: Pry Gnana

Vice-President: Dave Kumar

WOBA: Jeff Goldsworthy

Treasurer: Jeff Sum

ODBA: Fei Tam

Director: James Duncan

COBA: Russ leBlanc

Director: Warren Brownlee

NOBA: Frank Boulanger

Director: Eric Lee

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November 1st, 2010. Badminton Ontario gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport

GBDBA: Alan Henry

Director: Anne Lim

Director: Jordan Hearn


where are they now?

In the summer of 1992, Kyle Hunter and Mike Beres dominated the badminton scene in Ontario. 18 years later I managed to pull both of them away from their busy schedules long enough to reminisce on badminton memories.

Kyle Hunter, originally from Paris Ontario, now resides in Ottawa Ontario as the Executive Director for Badminton Canada. As a junior player, he had big ambitions. He wanted to win a National title, compete for Canada at a major International Games and qualify for the Olympics. “I won 4 Junior [National titles] and 1 Open [National] title and played at the 2003 Pan Am Games. I came pretty close [to qualifying for the Olympics] but no cigar.” Two out of three is a great accomplishment but Hunter is convinced he could have done better. “I didn’t really have a steady game day ritual which is one of the reasons I never had the results I should have been able to achieve.” According to Richard Cox, a sports psychology researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia, game day rituals are extremely important in high performance athletes. “The body is a marvellous piece of machinery, but you can interfere with it. If you see the basketball player at the free throw line, you will often notice a certain routine being repeated. That is when negative thoughts are being replaced by positive thoughts, relaxation occurs and mistakes are minimized.” (www.physorg. com) There aren’t many athletes who can say they have 5 National titles under their belt and there are fewer who can say they represented their country at the Pan American Games. He credits his success to his competitive spirit. “I was motivated by a desire to always better myself; I loved to compete. Badminton was the one [sport] I enjoyed the most, and the feeling of giving your all and winning is hard to top.” These endorphins should come as no surprise to most athletes, that physical exertion can give you a ‘runners high’; your body’s explanation for that euphoric feeling. Although Hunter misses competing, he


reflects on some of his other euphoric badminton experiences: “[I played]a 2 hour and 30 minute match at the 2003 Pan American Games in 37 degree heat. In the last game we were both slipping because our shoes were soaked, so they had to wipe the court after every point. Andrew Dabeka brought me a dry pair of shoes at 11 [points] in the third game [that] allowed me to get a few points and win, which gave me a Bronze medal. The crowd was going berserk and I gave away all my Canada pins at the end of the game.” “Seeing the smile on the face of a little girl in Denmark when I gave her a Canada shirt (10 times too big for her) at the 2003 Denmark Open, I’ll never

forget how happy she and her parents looked and the big hug I got as thanks. About 50 other kids were clamouring to get it while she was too shy to come forward. It’s moments like that I find to be the true face of what sport can do. It can bring people from across the world together through a common shared experience like almost nothing else can.” Mike Beres shared a lot of the same dreams as Kyle Hunter. From Brantford, Ontario to a three-time Olympian, he overcame many challenges to reach his dream. It all started with determination. Beres discovered that unlike a team sport in which there are things beyond your control, in badminton it’s all up to you. “It’s hard to excel if you are weak in any area. When you step on the court, you control how you do. No one subjectively decides your outcome. You get more points, and you win.”

It seems like a simple strategy, get more points than your opponent, but for Beres there was much more involved. He ensured his mind and body were in the same trained state the night before and day of a match. “The day before I would consider possible scenarios and come up with plans of action. The night before, I would try to rest my mind and unwind with something else, maybe a fun book, movie or TV show. A good sleep, followed by a good breakfast would give me the potential to be in the proper energy levels.” Beres was fortunate enough to discover that his pre-game rituals were important on his path to success. “I liked to have a lot of time to mentally prepare for the day, again organizing how it would go and mentally rehearsing the speed I would be playing the match. I found that helped me be consistent and ready during rallies. It also helped me start off the match with the right level of energy- a difficult thing to get to.” Rather than socializing he would be planning strategies inside his own head with his music. His concentration helped him translate his coach’s advice into an action plan specifically catered to him. “I think everyone who achieves consistency has rituals. A regular warm-up got my body remembering what I needed to be able to do, and also got me past that nervous energy that could glue your feet to the floor.” Currently, Beres works for TD Waterhouse in Ottawa and aspires to be a CFA Charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst). He and his wife Jo-Anne have a one-year old son named Clark who fills their days with happiness. His

family isn’t the only thing that keeps him smiling, as he reflects on one of his favourite badminton memories: “I have great memories from the three Olympics I went to. The qualifying process is gruelling. You can’t make it without a lot of success stories, and it sums up to something to be very proud of, mostly because it’s so difficult and you have to keep pushing for over a year to make it. Once at the Olympics, you feel proud to be Canadian and feel like all the hard work was worth it and can really enjoy the entire experience. The atmosphere there is like no other.” Like Hunter, Beres shares the enthusiasm for attaining that ‘runners high’. Sport brings extreme happiness to those who choose to involve themselves. No study can explain why we choose to do the things we do, but with Beres there is no hesitation as to why he plays. “I love the feeling of the racquet being a true extension of the hand. Sometimes, this gets very noticeable and on those days, you feel like you can put the bird anywhere just by thinking it. Those days in the zone (100% in the zone) are very satisfying and happened throughout my career. You can have them when you’re 10 years old or 35. That perfect day is what you spend your time going after.” Jolande Amoraal




“I wanted to play a noncontact sport, and badminton seemed like the most peaceful. Now, I know it’s actually super intense. If I knew earlier I would have played golf.” Nathan Lee

CWG The skies are sunny now, but don’t The 2011 Canada Winter The Selection Criteria has been posted, For some, this will be their return to could be their one shot at Training has already started and


DRIVEN let the unusual burst of humidity fool you. Games are just around the corner. and the try-out date has been set. the grand multi-sport event. For most, this representing Team Ontario. the competition is about to get intense. 7




Even though the Canada Winter Games are actually six months away, behind the scenes preparation has already long begun. Head coach Stephane Cadieux (The Badminton & Racquet Club) has an idea of who the top contenders are, but there are always going to be surprises. Joining his coaching staff are Assistant Coach Melissa Hill (University of Toronto) and Manager/Trainer Deb Singer. Together, this trio rake in countless years of badminton experience. Last year, Team Ontario brought home the coveted Canada Games flag. Badminton aided the success of that honour but this year we plan on bringing home a flag of our own. The final team will be selected from a try-out tournament scheduled for October 29th – 31st at The Badminton & Racquet Club. Registration and Team Selection Criteria can be found on the Badminton Ontario website:

Above: Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games accepting the Canada Games Flag

Player Profile: Tracy Wong

Age: 17 Current location: Richmond Hill, Ontario Years in current sport: 7 years How many hours a week do you train? 16 hours Your club and coach : Mandarin Badminton, Brian Prevoe Secondary Sport of choice: Swimming Do you have any pre-game rituals? A sip of water and stretch What are 5 things you cannot live without? Family and friends, badminton, Cell phone, My teddy bear, The color pink When you go into competition , what is going through your mind? Did I eat? Are you doing any travelling to any tournaments and where? [I am] travelling to Singapore for the Youth Olympics Do you have any future plans beyond CWG? Go to school and advance to a stable career and continue badminton

Player Profile: Alex Bruce

Age: 20 Current location: Toronto, Ontario Secondary Sport of choice: Basketball Years in current sport:10 Your club and coach : Badminton and Racquet Club, Stephane Cadieux What got you started: Junior lessons for fun Most embarrassing moment: Slipping on a banana peel When you go into competition , what is going through your mind? Just focusing on the next match and playing the best I can If you make the Games team, what would you like to accomplish there? [I would like to] win the team event as well as Ladies Doubles Are you doing any travelling to any tournaments and where? Pan American Championships in Brazil this upcoming October and possibly Commonwealth Games in India Most memorable moment in your badminton career? Silver medal at Youth Commonwealth Games in Doubles 2008


Player Profile: Nicoline Chan

Age: 17 Current location: Toronto , Ontario Years in current sport: 7 How many hours a week do you train? 10 Secondary Sport of choice: Tennis What got you started: Being slightly overweight as a kid Your club and coach : Lee’s Badminton, Jennifer Lee Most embarrassing moment: I farted on court Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life? My mom Do you have any pre-game rituals? Eat a mini Oh Henry when I’m second available What are 5 things you cannot live without? Bread, cheese, music, Internet, Blackberry When you go into competition , what is going through your mind? The song “Shots” by LMFAO If you make the Games team, what would you like to accomplish there? Getting a podium spot Most memorable moment in your badminton career? Getting 2nd at Pan Ams

Player Profile: Nathan Lee

Age: 18 Current location: Markham, Ontario Years in current sport: 9 years How many hours a week do you train? I train between 10 and 15 hours a week Your club and coach : Suria Badminton Center, Troy Chandra and Allen Sutedja Secondary Sport of choice: Ultimate Frisbee What got you started: I wanted to play a non-contact sport, and badminton seemed like the most peaceful. Now, I know it’s actually super intense. If I knew earlier I would have played golf. Most embarrassing moment: I did an amazing dive to return a smash only to hit my doubles partner in the face. He was not happy. Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life? For badminton, my inspiration is Lee Chong Wei. He’s from Malaysia, my dad’s hometown, and he can return practically any shot you hit to him Do you have any pre-game rituals? Before a game, I always stretch, talk with my coach and eat a snack When you go into competition , what is going through your mind? I always want to do my best. I know when I am under performing and even if other people think I played well, I know I could have done better Do you have any future plans beyond CWG? Beyond CWG, I also plan to play Toronto Open, and the Canadian National Championships Most memorable moment in your badminton career? The most memorable moment in my badminton career was when I won nationals this year. I trained a lot to prepare and a lot of people were counting on me

Player Profile: Surabhi Kadam (cover)

Age: 17 Current location: Toronto, Ontario Years in current sport: 10 How many hours a week do you train? 14 hours (on & off-court training) Secondary Sport of choice: I really enjoy watching figure skating! What got you started: My family – My grandfather was a Phys.Ed teacher, my father played Table tennis, my mother played Field Hockey and both my uncles played Badminton. Since one of my uncles was a Badminton coach, I would tag along to go to his coaching sessions and I ended up developing a strong passion for the sport. Your club and coach : The Badminton & Racquet Club, Stephane Cadieux Most embarrassing moment: When my racquet slipped out of my hand and flew to my opponent’s court while trying to hit a smash because my hands were really sweaty and my grip needed to be changed. My opponent was terrified and I was super embarrassed. Do you have any pre-game rituals? I listen to “Super Girl” before every match because it puts me in my own world! I always eat a bagel for breakfast on the day of finals. When you go into competition , what is going through your mind? I think about how hard I’ve worked to be able to participate and perform well at the tournament and I think about why I deserve to do well and win If you make the Games team, what would you like to accomplish there? I would like to be able to perform well, contribute to team Ontario’s success and represent Ontario to the best of my ability. And ofcourse, have a lot of fun while doing all of that Are you doing any travelling to any tournaments and where? I will be participating in the US Open in California in July 2010 and the Jr. Pan American Games at Dominican Republic in August 2010. Do you have any future plans beyond CWG? I would like to be able to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Most memorable moment in your badminton career? When I became the Jr. Pan American CHAMPION in Guatemala for Singles & Doubles and When I became the U19 Canadian National CHAMPION in 2010. Both times, I felt like I performed to the best of my ability and that is one of the best feelings.


Tracy Wong at the first ever

Youth Olympic Games Tracy Wong was the only Canadian to be invited by Badminton World Federation (BWF) to participate in the first ever Youth Olympic Games. Currently in its inaugural year, the (YOG)

Tracy’s journey at the YOG started on Sunday August 15 in pool play, where she defeated Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius. She lost her second match later in the day to Josephine Wentholt from the Netherlands. After getting a good rest that night, her

attracted 5,000 athletes and officials and 370,000 spectators. It was held in Singapore from August 14-26, 2010 and included 26 sports. For this YOG, shuttlers can only compete in the Singles event. Athletes are selected based on their results and rankings at their Youth Continental Championships, which in our case is the Junior Pan Am Games, and Junior World Championships, both of which Tracy participated in.

next challenge on Monday was Misaki Matsutomo of Japan. She lost 21-11 and 21-9 and finished 3rd in her pool which was not enough to move on in the competition. Wentholt was the only athlete from her pool to make it to the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by Sarah Milne of Great Britain. Final results of the Games were China finished first over-all, second Russia, third South Korea.

Tracy started training at the Mandarin Badminton Club when she was 10 years old. She comes from a strong badminton family, where both her brothers play(ed) at Humber College and have recently medalled at the CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletics Association) National Championships. She plans to follow in the footsteps of her family and join her brother Mark on the Varsity team at Humber College in September.

“Just look at the faces of the children that are there, the sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces.” YOG Chairman Ng Ser Miang


the2011 northamerican indigenousgames cancelled Thousands of athletes participate in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). About 30,000 spectators join in on the festivities which include cultural activities such as artists, entertainment and spiritual activity. The games are held every three years, the last being held in Canada and broadcasted across the Nation. This year was set for Milwaukee but unfotunately, the United States does not offer the same type of funding for Multi-sport Games as the Canadian government.

After a very successful North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan, British Columbia, it is a major disappointment to thousands of youth Aboriginal athletes that the 2011 NAIG set to be hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been cancelled.

“In our cultures, to vision quest is strong and good medicine. To have a vision for the people is powerful and to fulfill a vision for the people is sacred. Our ancestors were given visions by the Creator, which lead the people to govern themselves. The North American Indigenous Games was a vision.” Morningstar Mercredi

Major concerns over the uncertainty of funding appears to have been the main reason for the collapse of the efforts to stage the 2011 North American Indigenous Games. The Milwaukee organization believed that they would eventually acquire funding, however not before the first of January, 2011. That being said, federal government funding is far easier to come by in Canada than it is in the United States, resulting in discomfort among NAIG officials in regards to a logical timeframe to receive funding. The council stated, “that’s too much of a gamble for our youth – if they do not get the funding, then that’s definitely not enough time for an alternative Games.” According to several province representatives, there are potential plans for a Western Canadian Championship, or possibly even International events on the horizon to compensate for this coming years NAIG cancellation. At the very least several provincial competitions will take place in order for Aboriginal youth to display their athletic ability and give them a chance to see that their efforts will not go unrecognized. Jordan Hearn Badminton Ontario Director of High Performance



After medalling at the Junior National Championships in May of 2010, Nyl Yakura had nothing but higher expectations going to the Junior Pan American Championships in Dominican Republic, definitely a step up from the Nationals. Nyl won a bronze in Mixed Doubles and Silver in Boys Doubles (U19) at the National Championships with a determination to exceed expectations in the Dominican. Already laced with plenty of medals, trophies and awards, Nyl can now add another Junior Pan American Triple Crown Winner to his long list of accomplishments. Nyl is one of two boys to Susan and Roy Yakura, all of whom are no strangers to badminton or competitive sport. In September, Nyl will be living and training in British Columbia under the direction of Darryl Yung of ClearOne Training Academy, as well as studying at a local school. His brother Ryan, is on a Baseball scholarship to the University of Rio Grande in Ohio and is also a previous Junior High Performance badminton athlete. Nyl started playing badminton at the age of 8 at the Phoenix Junior Badminton Club in Ajax, under Coach Wayne King. He developed quickly as an athlete over the next year and a half and looked to a new club, Mandarin Badminton, for new challenges. He started playing up two age categories, winning titles in U16 when he was only 12


years old. In 2007, he won a Triple Crown at the Junior National Championships as well as the Junior Pan Am Championships. Success does not fall short of determination. Over the past five years at Mandarin (a club that specializes in High Performance training) his coaches Yung Yu and Brian Prevoe have been the backbone of his success, guiding him from being an athletic tween into a High Performance athlete. He trains extremely hard and pushes himself daily, playing against more mature and experienced players. He watches videos of Elite Interanational players, learning from their technique. He has attended training camps as young as 13 in Indonesia with strong badminton programs. With all the support around him, it seems the sky is the limit for this young and ambitious athlete. Surabhi Kadam, another Junior High Performance athlete, also attended the Junior Pan Am Championships. From her finishes, Surabhi is now ranked number 1 in Canada and the Pan Americans. This came from strong focus and excellent

stamina, “the quarterfinals and semi-finals were scheduled on the same day and for players like myself who had matches in all three events, we had to play six matches that day!” Surabhi admits it was the coaches who helped the athletes perservere to the very end. “They [Coach Wang and Coach Yannick] made sure that every Canadian player on court received their attention and tips so that they could perform to the best of their ability. They would coach for many long hours and rarely be seen off court, taking a break.” The 2011 Junior Pan American Championships are set to be hosted in Jamaica, but 2012 looks like it’s heading for North America. When it does, we’ll be ready.

junior pan american games results Ontario represented the majority of the members on the Canadian team participating at the Junior Pan American Championships held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 5 to 12, 2010. Canada was the largest represented country. Although we finished second over all to the United States, the impression our athletes left was remarkable. These athletes are in contention to represent Canada at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. Representing Ontario in the Team Event were: Jackie Yeung, Qufei Chen, and Vivian Kwok. They captured Bronze after defeating Brazil in the play-offs. 15 Ontario players were in the Individual Event ages U15, U17 and U19: Nyl Yakura : 3 Golds in Singles, Doubles (with Henry Wiebe-Alberta) and Mixed (with Adrianna Giuffre-Alberta) U19 Surabhi Kadam: 1 Gold in Singles, 2 Silvers in Doubles and Mixed U19 Qufei Chen: 1 Gold in Doubles U17 (with Josephine Wu-Alberta) Kally Ho: 2 Silvers in Singles U17 and Doubles U19 (with Surabhi Kadam) Andrew Wilkinson: 1 Silver in Doubles (with Neil Tai-Pow), 1 Bronze in Mixed (with Vanora Lo-British Columbia) U19 Michael Diamond: 1 silver in Mixed U19 (with Surabhi Kadam) Neil Tai-Pow: 1 Silver in Doubles U19 Jackie Yeung: 1 Silver in Doubles (with Felix Deblois-Beaucage) U17 Vivian Kwok: 1 Silver in Doubles (with Vanora Lo-British Columbia) U17 Rachel Honderich & Brittney Tam: Bronze in Doubles U15 Susan Yakura

Above: Nyl Yakura with Coach Wang

Above: Nyl Yakura with Adrianna Giuffre

Above: Team Canada

Above: Boys Doubles Winners U19

Above: Team Canada at the Opening Ceremonies


Hi everyone, my name is Fiona McKee. Some of you may already know me from playing badminton tournaments in Ontario. For those of you who don’t, I will give a brief background of who I am and where badminton has taken me. I started playing badminton at the Toronto Granite Club when I was a little girl with a racquet handle that had been shortened by my dad. Highlights of my badminton: I trained at the National Badminton Training Center in Calgary and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Kinesiology degree




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2005 Mixed Doubles U19 Canadian National Champion 2006 Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles U23 Canadian National Champion 2007 Women’s Doubles Canadian National Champion 2007 Pan American Champion in Women’s Doubles 2007 Romanian Open Women’s Doubles Champion 2008 Pan American Champion in Mixed Doubles 2009 Mixed Doubles Canadian National Champion 2009 Mixed Doubles Competitor at World’s in Hyderabad, India I traveled the world playing badminton for two years trying to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I narrowly missed making the Games. Afterwards, I spent a year and a half training in Calgary with one of the best badminton players in the world, Kim Dong Moon of Korea, an Olympic Gold Medalist. Over the last six years of traveling and competing in badminton, I have gotten to experience ‘The World’. I have been underground in the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves of New Zealand, on the beaches of Fiji, to the top of Stirling Castle in Scotland, walked the Botanical Orchid Gardens of Singapore, driven along the Gold Coast in Australia and had a glass of wine on top of an elephant in the hillsides of India. My training diet has included barramundi fish in Australia, black bean soup and dried cod salad in Brazil, the sweetest pineapple ever in Indonesia, paprika chicken and sausage in Hungary, laver bread (seaweed) in Wales, and




the most delicious chocolate called Milka in Germany. This September, I was planning on moving back home to Markham until an exciting new opportunity arose. A badminton club in Denmark recently approached me to come and play for their club in Ikast. Due to the popularity of badminton in Denmark, clubs have teams that compete against other clubs in team matches where spectators pay to come and watch. There are 4 divisions in Denmark. My club has just moved up to the first division. Peter Gade plays for a club in the first division; therefore the level of play at these team matches can be very high. I was really excited to have been scouted from overseas. I have accepted this great opportunity and will be leaving to live and train in Denmark at the beginning of September. Our first team match will be Sept. 6, 2010. Having the chance to train in Denmark, where badminton is quite strong, will hopefully provide me with new techniques and skills to further my growth as a badminton player. I hope to keep those interested up to date with all the new and exciting things I learn and experience through badminton and life in Denmark with my blog that will be featured on the new Badminton Ontario website. Feel free to message me with any questions, comments, or ideas! I am looking forward to them all! From my net to yours, Fiona McKee

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“Over the past ten years, as a in badminton nationally and internationally, I have had the of watching each one of these athletes develop into world-class players. I’m sure the Commonwealth Games will be pivotal to their .” Martha Deacon, Canada’s Chef de Mission.




Canada’s Dream Continues Badminton Canada has recently announced the team heading for Delhi, India for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Games are the world’s largest multi-sport competition happening this year with more than 4,000 athletes participating. The Canadian Team is led by veteran Anna Rice, former Olympian and Canada’s top ranked female, 29th in the world. “We are sending a top-notch team with a nice mix of both experience and youth. We know that players like Anna Rice and Jon Vandervet will provide great leadership to the younger players and as a group they’ll aim to perform at their highest level in both singles and doubles,” says Kyle Hunter, Executive Director of Badminton Canada. The athletes selected were chosen based on current Canadian and world rankings as well as their participation in several National and International tournaments over the last six months. The bond between team members is very important on any level, right from Ontario Winter Games to the Olympics. Much emphasis is given on team support and encouragement. A former Olympian, Milaine Cloutier, has been in the team framework many times and understands the importance of it. She gave up her hard earned spot on the Canadian Team to a young National Team member. “It is this kind of sacrifice and camaraderie amongst our athletes that will bring our program to new levels of achievement,” explains Kyle Hunter. “At the age of 12 Jonathan Vandervet joined the Brantford Junior Badminton Club. Under the watchful eye of his coach, Mrs. Edith Hayman, he evolved into a highly skilled player winning many provincial titles, taking back to back triple crowns in under 19 when he was 17 and 18. He took his first Junior National

title in under 16 mixed doubles, and with the University/College doubles championship he represented Canada at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Thailand. He has medalled every year at College Nationals; one gold in mixed and four silver in singles and doubles. This year Jon took two National Championships in doubles with Alvin Lau and mixed with Milaine Cloutier. He followed this with his participation on the Thomas Cup Team in Peru. Like many competitive athletes, Jon juggles going to school, working two jobs (one of which is coaching) and training. He is thrilled to be named to the Commonwealth Games team. He has been fortunate to have also been coached and mentored by Dominic Soong, Darren MacVicar, Cindy Huras and Wen Wang. Jon is very appreciative of the many who have supported him and given him words of encouragement.” - Anne Vandervet As one of the strongest coaches in Ontario, Edith has brought many high calibre athletes out of the country-side and into the International circuit. One of her former athletes, Mike Beres represented Canada in many International events and several Olympics.

monwealth Youth Games Grace Gao, 20, (Calgary, AB), Mixed Doubles 1st Commonwealth Games Joycelyn Ko, 24, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games Alternate: Milaine Cloutier, 38, (Airdrie, AB), Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles Men David Snider, 22, (Winnipeg, MB), Men’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games Alexander Pang, 22, (Calgary, AB), Men’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games Alvin Lau, 25, (Vancouver, BC), Men’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games Jon Vandervet, 28, (Edmonton, AB), Men’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games Toby Ng, 24, (Calgary, AB), Mixed Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games Alternate: Joseph Rogers, 21, (Ottawa, ON), Men’s Singles Coaches Ram Nayyar (Vancouver, BC) Jeff White (Calgary, AB) For more information visit

The athletes selected to the 2010 Commonwealth Team are: Women Anna Rice, 29, (Vancouver, BC), Women’s Singles, 2nd Commonwealth Games, 2-time Olympian Michelle Li, 18, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Singles & Women’s Doubles 1st Commonwealth Games, silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Alexandra Bruce, 20, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games, silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at 2008 Com-


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Are you interested in becoming a better coach? If so, Badminton Ontario has been successfully certifying coaches across Ontario for many years since partnering with NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program). By learning to become a coach you are providing a positive experience for others and yourself. In many cases, a coach can make or break an athlete’s choice to involve themselves in sport. Making Ethical Decisions (MED) is an important part of providing the best atmosphere for athletes of any age. Existing coaches can take this free online evaluation at and will show up on your Coaching Record as ‘Evaluated’ for this module.

for their participants. Coaches who choose training will have opportunities to acquire or refine the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to coach more effectively. (Theory – taken with the Coaches Association of Ontario and Technical – Taken with Badminton Ontario)

The NCCP has been an extremely successful program in Canada and is widely envied across the world. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from a first-time coach to National Team coach. To become certified for your Level 1, you must complete three stages; Theory, Technical and Practical. Through the NCCP, coaches have the opportunity to participate in training, which will help them to improve the sport experience

However, coaches may also choose to be evaluated on their ability to be a better coach. Successful evaluation will result in the coach becoming not only a trained coach, but a certified one as well. (Practical – completed hours after a Technical course) Coaches are evaluated on their competency in several areas, which may include: program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition. To register for a course or upgrade your certification, check the website continually for new Level 1, 2 and 3 courses being offered. Registration fills up quickly, so be sure to guarantee your spot. Upcoming Level 2 Technical clinic October 2-3, 2010.


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The Spring 2010 issue of the Shuttler mentioned several officials, scorekeepers and draw desk personnel involved in the success of the Ontario Winter Games. To our deepest regret, Asokan Sadasivan was not included in the list of dedicated officials and we offer our sincerest apology for the error. Asokan is one of Badminton Ontario’s many promising officials and often travels long distances to ensure that tournaments have fair Officiating. Thank you to him and all of our Officials for their hard work.

In the article ‘Championship Results 2009-2010’ the winners of the 63rd Annual Canadian Masters Badminton Championships were acknowledged. However after 16 years of playing, Donna Van Der Schilden had won her first medal and was not mentioned in the results. She and her husband Mike won a Bronze medal in Mixed Doubles in the 50+ age category. We apologize for the error and congratulate you on your determination and success. Other corrections, Keith Priestman won Silver in Men’s Singles 50+ and Len Carter and Ernest Nketiah won Bronze in Men’s Doubles 35+.



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Affinity 10.11 is a new initiative by Badminton Ontario that gives us the opportunity to give back to the volunteers that promote badminton in their communities.

Any Badminton Ontario member can join, the program is free! For any registered badminton program in Ontario, you can gain points towards Badminton Ontario merchandise. For example, if a club is hosting a tournament, they register their tournament online (coming soon) to ensure their volunteers are recognized for their efforts. Not only do you as an individual gain points, but you can gain points for your Club as well. With your volunteer points, you can redeem clothing, badminton gear, and more from our online store.

Stay tuned! Individuals and Clubs are welcome to sign up online when the program is officially launched.

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Northern Ontario Badminton Association


District Champions

U19 “A” Flight Singles: Owen Kurvits / Eryn Agnihotri Boys Doubles: Owen Kurvits / Adam D’Agostino Girls Doubles: Chelsea Smith / Riley Hogan Mixed Doubles: Owen Kurvits / Eryn “B” Flight Singles: Brian Scott /Chelsea Smith Boys Doubles: Karsten Skeries / Brian Scott Girls Doubles: Pascale King / Alison Parisi Mixed Doubles: Gabriel Despatie / Brigette Gelinas “C” Flight Singles: Patrice Langellier / Pascale King Boys Doubles: Julien Belanger / Marquis Martel U16 “A” Flight Singles: Hans Agnihotri / Riley Hogan Boys Doubles: Hans Agnihotri / Williem Agnihotri Girls Doubles: Laura keast / Erin Kurvits Mixed Doubles: Hans Agnihotri / Laura Keast “B” Flight Singles: Dylan Turgeon / Allyson Foster Boys Doubles: Michael Kaufman / Maverick Anwhatin Girls Doubles: Allyson Foster / Estephanie Chow Mixed Doubles: Nathan Phillips / Brittany Webwood “C” Flight Singles: Mathieu Boissoneault/ Taylor Mackey Boys Doubles: Adam Pinard / Patrick Battison Girls Doubles: Milene Nolet / Marie Eve Desjardins U14 “A” Flight Singles: Mathiieu Boissoneault / Karly Spigarelli Boys Doubles: Jeremie Belanger / Mathieu Boissoneault

Girls Doubles: Stacey Dallaire / Grance Grenon Mixed Doubles: Jesse Bouvier / Stacey Dallaire U14 “B” Flight Singles: Dylan Spigarelli / Samantha Quevillon Boys Doubles: Dylan Spigarelli / Cameron Farquhar Girls Doubles: Brianna Pacquet / Samantha Quevillon Mixed Doubles: Dylan Spigarelli / Riley Spigarelli U12 “A” Flight Singles: Mathieu Cyr / Noemie Genier Boys Doubles: Mason Genier / Justin Pilon Girls Doubles: Noemie Genier / Samuelle Villeneuuve Mixed Doubles: Charles Gagnon-Vallieres / Noemie Genier “B” Flight Singles: Charles Gagnon Vallieres / Samantha Palmer Boys Doubles: Mathieu Cyr / Charles Gagnon Vallieres Girls Doubles: Casey D’Amours / Cynthia Larivee Mixed Doubles: Charles Gagnon Vallieres / Noemie Genier NOBA Junior Regional Circuit 2010-2011 Oct. 22 - 23 Soo Jr. Early Bird U16, U19 Nov. 12 - 13 Sudbury Jr. U16, U19 Nov. 19 - 20 Timmins Jr. U14, U12 Dec. 3 - 4 Timmins Jr. U16, U19 Jan. 21 - 22 Sudbury Grade 7, Grade 8 Jr. Feb. 4 - 5 NOBA Jr. U16, U19 Feb. 18 - 19 NOBA U14, U12 February 25 - 26 Sault Jr. U20, U17, U15 NOBA Senior Circuit 2010-2011 Dec. 3 - 4 Soo Open Jan. 14 - 16 Cambrian Open May 1st NOBA Seniors/Masters March 25 - 26 Porcupine Open

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Insurance can be confusing... but it doesn’t have to be! ............................................... All members of Badminton Ontario are covered under our Insurance policy for General Liability and Sport Accident Coverage. You are a member if you hold a valid 2010 players card or are a member of an affiliated club that has purchased the Insurance Program.

That means:

If you get injured while playing at one of our events, you’re covered for things like: Emergency Transportation, Eyeglass expense, Fractures, Rehabilitation, Dental, Prosthetics.

......................... ....................... Members of affiliated clubs include athletes, managers, coaches, officials and trainers. To ensure you are covered, contact your club Director to ensure your name is on their updated list. If a member is inured while participating in sanctioned activities, an incident report must be filed immediately and sent to the Badminton Ontario office.

Clubs, your directors and volunteers are also covered for general liability. However, that does not cover them from accidents that could occur during a training session or activities in the gym. Accidents are not planned! Be sure to include all volunteers, coaches and frequent parents on your list of insured people and submit to the office to ensure everyone who steps foot in your club is fully covered. Better safe than sorry.




the Shuttler magazine - Volume 1 Issue 2  

The official magazine of Badminton Ontario.

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