Badminton medals

February 13th, 2011

VIU badminton brought home several medals from the 2011 BCCAA Badminton Championships hosted by Douglas College this past weekend.

The biggest win was a gold in mixed doubles, Bryan Cassels (Claremont, Victoria) and Jenny Aronson (Chemainus, Thetis Island) of VIU went undefeated in a six team round robin event, with their most challenging match coming from the Douglas dou (21-17, 18-21, 21-14). They will now represent BC at the National Championships in Mt Allison University,  New Brunswick March 3-5.
This will be Jenny's second appearance at nationals, last year she partnered with Mike Clark.
For Bryan its his first season with the Mariners ...a great accomplishment for a freshman to advance to the nationals. Follow Bryan and Jenny at the championships vi the CCAA NATIONALS WEBSITE


Bronze medal performances came from Patrick Thompson(Summerside, Summerside-PEI) in men's singles and Jennifer Abrahamson (ADSS, Port Alberni) in women's singles.




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Mariner badminton finished the season with a strong showing at the BCCAA provincial championships hosted this past weekend at Douglas College’s Pinetree campus. In a re-building year, the Mariner crew finished in 3rd position in Saturday’s team event; however, finished the season in 5th place overall.

Sunday’s individual events served as the qualifier for the CCAA National Championships. Coaches Dawn McGuire-Reeves and Janice Walker were thrilled with many of this weekend’s performances, many of which were personal bests for the players. In a very strong mens doubles event, Zack Yim and Chris Harris played their best doubles of the year, taking a game from the gold medal team; however, failed to qualify for the national championships. Jen Abrahamson fought hard in the womens’ singles missing championship qualification by 3 points in the 3rd game of the match, collecting a bronze medal. This was 4th year Abrahamson’s strongest showing yet and the coaching team is looking for great things from the player from Port Alberni again next season. The mens singles was dominated by a former international player where 2nd year player Pat Thompson of P.E.I., finished with a bronze medal.

The highlight of the day however, was the first place – gold medal finish by VIU’s Bryan Cassels and Jenny Aronson in the mixed doubles. Favoured to finish in the top three, Aronson and Cassels stuck to the game plan in each match, and were rewarded with the top spot! In his first year at VIU, Bryan Cassels of Victoria has made an impact to the team, while Jenny Aronson of Nanaimo, always a top player in the provincial college/university league, is in her final year of competition. Aronson & Cassels head to Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick on March 1st to compete in the CCAA Championships.