Our 4th Annual Spring Badminton Tournament growing in participation and talent with 40 entries this year:18 of those being from out of town. Special note: in youth?s doubles outstanding effort and positive attitude from locals Jordan Pouliot & Mark Kennedy and Jesse Peterson & Darrell Kennedy.
Another shining light was Chris Wadson from Prince George, a 16 year old, who entered the men?s competition, and probably the toughest we?ve had here for a while and beat out all comers. Beautiful to watch. Chris? talent runs in the family as mom Patty won the ladies event. Aunt Cathy and cousins Stephen and Edward from Dawson Creek also played, with Grandma & Grandpa (a player for 55+ years from Dawson Creek) cheering on their clan.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals along with a racquet for first and a choice of a prize for second and third place winners were handed out.
A Juniors? Singles event was added and Christopher Sears from Cecil Lake placed 1st, Tumbler Ridge?s own Esther and Sheena Walkley placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the Youths Double, the team of Trevor Bouvier & Christian Crofton of Dawson Creek took 1st place, Chris Wadson & Stephen Cole placed 2nd and our own Jordan Pouliot & Mark Kennedy placed 3rd.
Ladies Singles was taken by Patty Wadson; a BC Badminton Zone 8 representative and Level II Coach. She was also very kind in holding a spur of the moment clinic for the players with some great tips. 2nd place went to our own Janeth Strang and 3rd to Cathy Cole.
Men?s Singles had a few late entries ? 16 yr. old Chris Wadson asked if he could enter the men?s? event (no problem) and ended up taking 1st in this event followed by Dawson Creek?s Richard Bedard for 2nd, and 3rd place to our own Marcel Brodeur who battled tenaciously bringing his ?A? game.
Mixed Doubles also went out of town ? this time to Palma Vasarhelyi (what a trooper, playing with a broken arm from a previous badminton game) & Rick Newlove from Fort St John, 2nd went to Patty Wadson & her son Chris for 2nd and 3rd went to Dawson Creek?s Madeline Chantree & Richard Bedard.
In the finale of Men?s Doubles; Rick Newlove & Richard Bouvier placed 1st; Chris Wadson & Marcel Brodeur teamed up and placed 2nd and David Szucsko & Rolf Raqué took 3rd.
Thanks to all our refs and helpers, to TRSS who allowed us the use of their gym, to those kind individuals who sent pictures and allowed us to use their camera, and to Sheila?s Place who opened the ?Hole In The Wall? to offer refreshments to our players and cheering sections.
A Special Thanks to all our Sponsors: Apex Optical, Barton?s Insurance, Brannigan?s Gym, The Caboose, Cashmeres, Community Centre, Darwyn?s Computers, David Szucsko, Don Pettit, Dr. Kadziolka Office, Dragon Palace, Ernie?s Sport Shop, Impressions, Jades Hardware, Joy Propane, KC Dollar Store, Kinuseo Café, Koals Video, Lakeview Credit Union, Lynn?s Bloomers & Things, McLeod Lake, Tumbler Ridge Medical Clinic, Pace Autobody, Shell, Stampin Up, TAGS, Thea Enterprise, TR Automotive, TR Inn, Tumbler Ridge News, Vinnies Videos and Wilderness Lodge.