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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.  
 

Olympic badminton set to begin in Rio, on Thursday, August 11th.  

 
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 Win in Brazil!  for Alex Bruce, 

         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:
                                                 Web Link here
        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! 
 

Live on CBC Sports Sat. Feb. 6, 2016 - Congrats !

National Championships in Winnipeg representing the RA

*  Alex Bruce and partner won Gold in Mixed                 

** Andrew D’Souza finished second in singles               

*** Liam Woodside also made the semi-finals in singles

Jan 11, 2106 Summary - Ontario Elite Series 2016  

 

          We would like to congratulate Andrew D’Souza for a stellar performance at the 2016 Ontario Elite Series, a national circuit tournament, this past weekend at Humber College in Toronto, where he made it all the way to the men’s singles final ! 

          Those at the tournament who watched Andrew play were witness to one of his best performances ever in the quarter-finals,  where he played against an Indonesian player, Gesstano Ganendra who now coaches in Toronto.  In that match, Andrew played flawless and inspired badminton, managing his strong opponent (seemingly) with ease, coming off the court with a 21-10, 21-7 victory! 

          In the semi-finals, Andrew again came out strong against Canada’s next badminton super-star, Jason Ho-Shue, of Toronto.  He won the match against Jason 21-18, 21-14, gaining some revenge after his loss to Ho-Shue in the semis of the same tournament last year. 

          The final was a tough match, and Andrew had moments of brilliance, but he could not overcome his foe, Wenchao Shi, a former Taiwanese national-team player who also coaches in Toronto.  Shi was full of energy and was hands-down the hardest smasher at the tournament.  Andrew lost this match 21-15, 21-10.

           Here’s a screenshot of the action in the finals.  To watch the full final, 

click on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTOw5VyiNlM

     

       Other RA athletes in attendance were (in no particular order): Chinue de la Merced, Liam Woodside, Kartikay Tyagi, Austin Flannigan, Serena Lam, Cedric Hupe-Pageau, Minh Pham, Ipellie Foo, Felix Lafortune-Lemieux, Nia Patel, Jacob Lewis and coach, Andrew Dabeka.

Coming up:  Andrew D’Souza, Alex Bruce and Liam Woodside will be representing the RA

at the upcoming National Championships in Winnipeg from Feb. 3-6th, 2016


QuebecElite Series – Quebec City – September 25-27, 2015

On the weekend of September 25-27, a caravan of three cars, filled with members of the elite morning training group at the RA Centre, meandered their way to Quebec City for the first Elite Series event on the Canadian National Badminton Circuit.  In attendance were Andrew D’Souza, Aswini Ganesh, Cedric Hupe-Pageau, Marie-Elaine Little, Nia Patel, Joseph Rogers, Kevin Stadnyk, Kartikay Tyagi, and Liam Woodside.  Andrew Dabeka was in attendance to coach the group.  

As is usual with the first tournament of the year, and also taking into consideration the long distance needed to travel from Western Canada, only players from Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces participated.  That being said, many of Canada’s top players were in attendance.  

Our group was a very nice mix of up-and-comers and experienced veterans of the Canadian circuit.  This provided a great opportunity for the younger players to rub shoulders with the pros and create a fantastic learning environment. 

The top results from the club came from Andrew D’Souza and Joseph Rogers.  Andrew made the semis in both the singles, and doubles with Joseph.  In the singles draw, Andrew lost out to a former member of the Indonesian national team, Arif Gifar Ramadhan.  In the boys’ doubles, they narrowly lost out to Philippe Gaumond and Maxime Marin of Quebec.    

The second event on the National Circuit calendar is the Prairie Elite Series, in Winnipeg, from October 23-25th.  Liam Woodside and Alex Bruce (who is in between international tours as she tries to qualify for the Rio Olympics) will be representing the club there.  


 

More coming soon...

The RABC’s Elite Training Group is the top of the pyramid of competitive badminton at the RA Centre.  Players such as Andrew D’Souza, Alex Bruce, Joseph Rogers and Liam Woodside are the leaders of this group, having had podium finishes at many national and international events during the last few years.

 

These players train up to eight times per week, both in the early mornings and afternoons, honing their skills to challenge themselves further and further in their badminton careers.There is lots happening in and out the RA on the high performance end in the next weeks.  

 

 


Past Events

Last spring, a group of masters will be competing at the Canadian Master’s Championships, in Burlington Ontario.   Find results at: http://tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=5AC363F3-06DF-44E3-B611-B2C29BA078BD

 

Many younger players played at the Canadian U23 and Junior Championships.  I travelled with the team to Vancouver for this event.  Participating will be Minh Pham (U16), Kartikay Tyagi (U19), Kevin Stadnyk (U19), Sarah Bowman (U19), Chinue de la Merced (U23), Emilie Fleury-Larocque (U23), Rachel Ng (U23) and Liam Woodside (U23).   Please follow the results and support our players: http://tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=B407B90B-DBAE-4A35-9A45-C9432C3BA072

 

On that same weekend, a contingent of our strongest players made a trip down to Boston for the long-running Boston Open.  This year the tournament had a fairly substantial prize purse of 22,000USD.  This attracted many of North America’s best players, and was some great experience for our team.  http://tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=539A8C25-73FA-4308-92E3-B9E3DB0919A5

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