Saturday, December 14 was highlighted in Petawawa by the Garrison Petawawa Open Junior Badminton Tournament held at Dundonald Hall. Eighty one participants, ages 11 to 18, in 3 age categories (under 15 singles and doubles, under 17 singles and doubles and under 19 doubles and mixed doubles), enjoyed a great day of challenging badminton.
Participants came from a number of clubs in Ottawa, Renfrew, Eganville, Pembroke, Deep River, North Bay and of course Petawawa. Dundonald Hall is the only facility in the valley capable of holding such an event on one day with its 15 courts.
A special shout out to a couple of local heroes, Brian Kong for his under 19 win in mixed doubles and to Krisha Alexander for her third place finish in under 15 doubles. Top 3 results for each category are posted on our Tournament Results tab on this website and on the ODBA website (which will also have the ODBA ranking points the players achieved as this was an ODBA sanctioned tournament).
The tournament was punctuated by a couple of rare occurrences. In attendance, as coach to the Soong Badminton Club was Dominic Soong, a former World #2 ranked doubles player from Malaysia and our own Mayor, Bob Sweet, a former junior badminton champion in his home country, Scotland.
Special thank you's go out to the many volunteers from the Garrison Petawawa Badminton Club, Petawawa Badminton Club, Valour School, the staff at Dundonald Hall, Pembroke Badminton Club, the Soong Badminton Leadership Group (who ran the actual player draws - a monumental task) and the Soong Badminton Club (especially Janet Hugli for all her hard work in helping pull this event together).
Many thanks also go out to the people and organizations that provided items that made this tournament a smashing success, such as signs and posters (Gerri Brunette and Tony Krueger), nets and pole equipment from Valour School, prizes (Lorne Petterson and On Ting Woo), food and drink (the guys from Ultramar Petawawa Blvd, McDonalds, Domino Pizza, Garrison Petawawa Badminton Club).
Our most profound thank you goes out to PSP and Garrison Petawawa for providing this great facility to help make the whole event happen.
(for photos see our photo tab)
Do you want to burn calories, have high energy or are just plain competitive in nature? Come join us for Badminton in Petawawa. We have 2 clubs to serve you: the Garrison Petawawa Badminton Club at Dundonald Hall and the Petawawa Badminton Club, Valour School (see the Where to Play Tab for more details). Both clubs are a Junior/Adult mix and both clubs are open to the public.
Don't know how to play, don't worry our members will give you a few pointers and help bring you along to whatever level you want to reach. If you already have the drive and experience and want to test your metal with a little competition we offer the chance to attend a multitude of tournaments and inter-club challenges.
· one of the few sports that can be done from childhood to old age
· the whole family can be involved in one place at one time
· one of the few sports that allows you to be competitive as an individual (singles), as part of a team (doubles - men's, women's or mixed)
· club fees and equipment costs are affordable compared to sports like hockey, baseball and skiing
- to meet new friends
- instruction on rules, techniques, strategy
- an Ontario District Badminton Association affiliation (if you are
interested in competition you need to belong to an affiliated club to get a Badminton Ontario player card)
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Drop-in to see or play (drop-in to play fee $3.00 adults or $2.00 for juniors)
19 Leeder Lane
Garrison Petawawa Badminton Club - Dundonald Hall, 57 Festubert Blvd