It was a big week as Georgian College played host to the 2013 CCAA Badminton National Championship from February 27th through March 2nd at the Barrie campus.
Georgian welcomed the top student athletes in all of Canadian college athletics for three days of competition along with a special opening ceremony and awards banquet.
During the banquet held at the Last Class Grizzlies Head Coach David Wesley was named CCAA Badminton Coach of the Year. Under Wesley’s leadership, the Grizzlies captured gold in men’s singles and men and women’s doubles at the east regionals this year.
On the court there was some incredible feats achieved as Dan Kai of NAIT in Alberta won his 5th men’s singles gold medal while Douglas College’s RuiLin Huang of BC won her fifth consecutive gold medal in women’s singles.
The Grizzlies were well represented throughout the event and were impressive at the national level.
Georgian’s Rebecca Trischler and Carolyn Tubman made it all the way to the bronze medal match and finished an incredible 4th in Canada.
The duo weren’t the only Georgian students who performed well as Sean Irving finished 5th in men’s singles, McLean Brownlee and Trevor Neville finished 5th in men’s doubles and Logan Dayus and Maggie Tremblay were 6th in mixed doubles.
Next year’s championship will be held at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta who will have plenty to live up to after the event put on at Georgian College.
An event like this cannot be achieved without the help of organizations such as Sport Canada, Black Knight, Jostens, The Scoreboard Man, Nevco, Gym-Con Ltd, the CCAA, the OCAA and the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Barrie along with the many volunteers who graciously gave their time and effort to make this an incredibly successful event.