VIU Badminton in Hawaii

January 13th, 2013

Mariner Badminton Turn Up the Heat at Honolulu Open!

While the PGA golfers were blown off the golf course last week on Maui, the Mariner badminton team battled the Hawaiian winter weather to turn in convincing results in the Honolulu Open. Hosted by the Honolulu Badminton Club, this year’s tournament featured players from Japan, Hawaii, California, Ontario and Alberta, including CCAA rivals NAIT and Concordia.

4th year player Pat Thompson had a very strong weekend finishing 2nd in A Mens Singles to a very quick and deceptive Chinese player who has recently moved to Edmonton.  Pat also took the Mens doubles A consolation with assistant coach Mike Clark in a very powerful event with players from Canada, Japan, US and China.  To complete the triad Pat teamed with first year VIU athlete Melissa Liew to win the Mixed Doubles A consolation.  

VIU dominated the Womens Singles A event where Melissa Liew played with strong attack to take the gold in the A final against a very fit and consistent opponent from Japan.  Team mate Eunice Chan came third after narrowly losing her semi-final battle against the same player.  Eunice and Thomas Spencer who is making amazing progress in his first year of badminton came 3rd in the B Mixed Doubles event.  In B Consolations John Foster and Nicole Greene were 2nd while Corentin Denis partnered Lucy Bonar for 3rd.   Another VIU athlete making strong progress this season is Jordan Bartulabac who teamed with VIU alumnus Jenny Aronson in Womens Doubles for a 2nd in B consolation and with Mike Clark for 3rd in the very strong A mixed consolation.

When not on the badminton court Mariner athletes took on the sand, surf and of course the Diamond Head climb, well prepared by their regular assault on the VIU stairs.  Next action for the team will be Jan 19-20 when Douglas College hosts at Pinetree Campus in Coquitlam.  PacWest Provincials are just one month away.