National Badminton Medals

March 6th, 2016

By Greg Skaki
Nanaimo News Bulletin

Both VIU badminton players at nationals ended the tournament with medals.

Melissa Liew earned silver and Graydon Robb earned bronze amidst a busy few days of badminton at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships at the Vancouver Island University gym.

Liew lost to Olivia Lei of Humber College, 21-7, 21-14 in Saturday's final and "played fantastic" during the tournament, said Janice Walker, VIU coach.

Robb ended his tourney Saturday with a 21-19, 21-18 win against Sam White of King's College in the bronze-medal match. Robb's match against eventual-champion Wenchao Shi of Seneca College was the match of the tournament, said Walker, with Shi winning 24-22, 22-20, but the VIU competitor wasn't quite able to get his game going in the semifinals, losing 24-22, 21-8 to Owen Kurvits of Redeemer College.

Shi defeated Kurvits in the final, 21-15, 21-10.

"This tournament is very important to him, so he played really, really seriously and really well," said Doris Ding, Seneca assistant coach, translating for Shi. "He's very excited and very happy to win the gold medal."

He said VIU did a "very good job hosting…" said Ding. "The atmosphere was great and the courts were great and he really appreciated it."

Walker was thankful for the way the university and the badminton community came together to host and support the event, and enjoyed the atmosphere at the gym.

"We were able to create a very high-level kind of environment," she said. "This is really close to international-level standard, what we have here … So it kind of set the tone for a really good weekend."

Ryan Chow and Adam Dong of Humber won men's doubles, Kai-Li Huang and Seulbi Kim of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology won women's doubles and Rosanna Chan and Sam Kim, also of NAIT, won mixed doubles.