Canadian University and College National Championships – March 2018
The RABC had several athletes represented, through both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The biggest success came from elite “veteran” Liam Woodside, who went all the way to the finals of the men’s singles event. Another notable result came from Austin Flannigan, long-time RA member who hails from Cornwall, who made the semi-final in the men’s singles event.
Canadian Senior National Championships – February 2018
A small group of keen RA athletes decended to the prestigious Boulevard Club in February to participate at the Senior Nationals, aka the OPEN nationals. Former national team members, Joseph Rogers and Kyle Hunter led the group in terms of results, making the quarter-finals in the men’s doubles.
The younger athletes from our team had some good personal performances, most notably Cedric Hupe-Pageau who beat Andrew Wilkinson (one of the seeded players and home club favourites) in the first round. William Zhao and Alex Jarocki played very well, as did Aswini Ganesh, who both had good matches against solid players.
The RA Badminton Club's Assistant Pro, Andrew Dabeka, has been selected by Badminton Canada to work as National Coach. This part-time position began in March, and will continue until the 2020 Olympic summer Games in Tokyo.
Andrew will be working under Mike Butler, another former Canadian men's singles champion, who comes from Saint John, New Brunswick. Together, they will lead the national program, supporting the national team remotely, as well as at major events.
"I am thrilled to be part of the national program. We have some incredible talent in Canada. Our best athlete is Michelle Li from Toronto, who has been ranked as high as 11th in the World. We hope to support her, as well as all of the other athletes, to qualify and achieve greatness in Tokyo." (Andrew)
From August 19th to 29th, Andrew will be coaching 11 Canadian athletes
at the World University Games, in Taipei, Taiwan.
Follow the event at: https://www.2017.taipei/home ,
"u sports international" on Facebook, as well as @USPORTSIntl on Twitter.
Andrew will continue to work at the RABC, coaching his various programs there.
Martin Giuffre of Calgary, and Michelle Li of Toronto are representing Canada. Both athletes have had solid seasons to qualify them for their spots. Michelle was a shoe-in, with a world ranking of 20th, while Martin’s road to Rio was more challenging, finishing with a ranking of 75.
You can follow their results at the tournament software site here: http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=3400A457-E0A4-4C87-89CA-C9A6CF1B2C0D
a 2012 Olympian badminton player, who has been training at the RA Badminton Club for the last two years under the tutelage of coach Andrew Dabeka, has moved one step closer to her goal of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. From the 10-13th of March, Alex and her mixed doubles partner, Toby Ng (of BC), participated at the Brazil International, where they fought through a very difficult tournament to win gold! Apart from the superb result of winning an international competition, which is never easy, this will raise their international ranking a few more spots, to put them within arms reach of their rival, the top mixed doubles pair from the USA. Both teams are battling for the one allocated spot to a team from the Pan American zone who will participate in Rio.
There are just five more tournaments left in the qualification period and Alex and Toby need to keep their calm and keep performing, but this has seriously put some pressure on the American pair, who incidentally were beaten in the semi-final of this tournament.
Here is a link showing their progress through the draw at the tournament:
Alex and Toby's next competitions will see her travelling all around the World: Poland, France, Finland, Peru and then Tahiti.
We will keep you posted as to their progress and wish them much success!