Mike Bitten – Head Professional
The RA Centre’s Badminton Professional, Mike Bitten, was a 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist and competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He has won a record eight Canadian Men’s Doubles championships in his career and was ranked 12th in the world in 1992.
Apart from his playing abilities, Bitten has an extensive background in coaching and is certified as a Level 3 coach by the Coaching Association of Canada.
Assisting Mike Bitten this year are two outstanding Badminton Coaches
Javier graduated from the Physical Education and Sport Program at the University of Granada (Spain) in 2003, with a specialization in racquets sports, and more specifically in Badminton. Since then, he has been working with kids and adults of all levels.
As a player, under the supervision of Zhang Xiaoping (national Spanish team coach) he won many provincial titles and he was part of the Spanish National Team, playing at both the national and international level.
Javier is a Certified Badminton Coach in both Europe and Canada. He worked as an Assistant Coach at the Provincial Badminton Training Centre in Granada for 5 years, and he has been working at the RA
Centre with our High Performance Junior Group for the past years. He is known for creating champions!
He has all the experience, abilities and enthusiasm that you need to develop your skills in badminton, from the beginner to the international level. With Javier as a coach, you will not only improve your game, but you will also have a great time on the court and you’ll want to come back for more!
Born and raised in Ottawa, just ten minutes from the RA Centre, Joseph began playing in the RA’s junior badminton program at the age of 14. Having played both competitive hockey and volleyball, his athletic ability quickly transitioned into badminton where he won the Junior National
Championships at age 17. He has represented Ontario and Canada on both the National and International stage. His other achievements include winning the Canada Winter Games in 2011, Team Gold, as well as a bronze medal in Men’s Singles at the Pan Am Championships in 2009. Joseph consistently reaches semi-finals or finals in national competitions, and for the past three seasons has remained first or second in Canadian Men's Singles ranking.
In addition to his coaching certification, Joseph brings with him “worlds” of experience, using training philosophies and techniques that he has learned from his time training in both Malaysia and Indonesia and from competing on the international stage. Being exposed to such high level badminton has elevated his game, and he is looking forward to sharing his experience, techniques, and passion for the game with you.
A familiar face around the RA Centre, Joseph coaches junior high performance players, as well as junior and adult recreational players. He continues to give back to the badminton community that supported and encouraged him over the years. Joseph brings an easy-going and fun approach to the game, all the time maintaining a high level of professionalism. He is available for private as well as semi-private group lessons and will help you reach your potential and improve your skills.
For coaching and lessons, please contact Mike Bitten at 613-733-5100 Ext 364
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Tuesday Evening Adult group classes,
see Announcements for details and descriptions of the focus of the evening.