EDMONTON, AB – MARCH 11, 2019
This past weekend we had five Thunder athletes representing the ACAC at the 2019 CCAA Badminton Championships hosted by Dalhousie AC in Truro Nova Scotia where they claimed two CCAA banners to add to the Ralph King Athletics Centre.
As predicted, the ACAC and CCAA players of the year pairing Takeisha Wang and Desmond Wang continued to dominate on the court going a perfect 7-0 in the round robin without losing a single game. In the semi-final they took down the ACAA pairing of Sam White and Same Lawther 21-10, 21-6 to advance to the gold medal match. In the finals, Takeisha and Desmond defeated the George Brown (OCAA) pairing of Mike Ra and Angeline Alviar 21-6, 21-11 to capture the CCAA Gold Medal! This is the second year in a row where they both have won a CCAA Gold. Congratulations Takeisha and Desmond.
Nicolas Pittman was representing the Thunder in men’s singles competition where he had an excellent round robin going 3-2 to advance to the semi-finals. The semi-final was a rematch of the ACAC gold match where Narayan Ramdhani of The Kings University to the victory however this time it was Pittman who ended up on top by wining 21-17, 21-23, 21-12 to advance to the gold medal match. Nicolas was up against Ramnish Kumar of the Humber Hawks in the finals where he had a great opening game wining 21-19, however, it was Kumar who would come back strong taking the next two sets 21-12, 21-15 to win the CCAA Gold. One year ago Nicolas finished 5th at the CCAA Championships and how he is coming home with a silver medal. Congratulations on a great season Nic!
In the women’s doubles competition, we had Kaylee Morris and Kassidy Turcotte representing the Thunder as the ACAC Wildcard Team. They would finish the round robin with a 2-3 record advancing to the semi-final match where they would lose to Humber College duo Victoria Duong and Chloe Rowe 21-9, 21-8. On Sunday afternoon the girls were fighting for the bronze medal against Helen Ngu and Han Pham of Fanshaw College (OCAA) however would fall short as they would lose 19-21, 16-21.
Overall, the ACAC had an excellent tournament taking home 7 CCAA medals including 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. Congratulations to all athletes on an incredible badminton season.