Western Canadian Team Championships

Tournament Report from Team BC Manager Cindy Simpson

January 28, 2014

Team BC's contingent of U14 and U16 badminton players traveled to Calgary for the 2014 Western Canadian Team Championships Friday, January 17th to Sunday, January 19th. Here is Team Manager Cindy Simpson's account of the events!

 

Friday, January 17th

Team leaves BC very early, to hotel and then to venue to practice andplay Alberta’s number one team at 2:00 PM.

 

Results:

U14: BC(4) - AB(3), AB(8) - BC(6)

U16: AB(5) - BC(2)

  

Unfortunately for our team, in her GD, at 20-all in the second game Jodi Fei sustained an injury to her knee which sidelined her for the rest of the event.

Jodi had won her singles match but with the loss of Jodi and with not having a third U16 girl, our team was down two matches every tie from then on.

The U14 girls Yoko Ujike and Michelle Yeung began their quest of winning all of their singles and doubles in all ties! Yoko also won all of her mixed events and Michelle won all but one! 

Despite the travel, tiredness and injury, Team BC performed well in their first tie.

 

Saturday, January 18th

Early chaotic breakfast and getting used to being ready on time and taxi riding to the venue were part of the learning curve of the day!

 

8:30 am vs Saskatchewan

An amazing tie for our team as the U14s swept Saskatchewan 7 – 0 and the U16s were 5 – 2!

 

11:30 am vs Alberta Blue (#2 team)

Again our U14s came through with a sweep of 7 – 0. One match went to three games and Konrad is to be congratulated for fighting to win the third in his singles.

The U16s were in tough, having lost two matches due to injury default. Our team needed to get wins and points to be a contender in the medal rounds! Maric Son contributed to two wins for our team by winning his singles and his doubles with Ryan Kitibutr in fine form. We ended tied for matches and games with Alberta but second in points! The team really rallied and supported each other in this crucial match.

 

3:30 pm vs Manitoba

The U14s won each match and every one in two games! Well done!

The U16s were awesome as well, only losing the two injury matches and one singles match. Steven Lu played extremely well and was very focused during his match, losing 20-22 and 19 – 21! 

With the completion of this win, we were in second place and entitled to play in the Championship round on Sunday!

 

Sunday, January 19th 

Championship Tie for Gold & Silver vs Alberta Gold

We arrived early at the venue to warm up and stretch. 

Although both of our teams worked hard, Alberta was very strong and played well.

Our U16s didn’t win a match and the U14s won three matches!

Our team members learned a great deal about team competition and being prepared! Although we came home with silver, our team bonded, developed new friendships and played their hearts out!

 

2014 Western Canadian Team Championships - January 17-19, 2014

December 16, 2013

Hosted by the Alberta Badminton Association, this team badminton event is being held at the ClearOne Badminton Centre in Calgary, AB.

Team BC's contingent will be participating against Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan, and Team Manitoba.

Final Team BC for the 2014 Western Canadian Team Championships includes:

Coach: Morgan Van Heukelom

Manager: Cindy Simpson

U14 Boys

  • Konrad Van Heukelom         
  • Jonah Lee                  

U 14 Girls

  • Michelle Yeung      
  • Yoko Ujike          

U16 Girls         

  • Yun An Chen          
  • Jodi Fei

U16 Boys

  • Steven Lu          
  • Ryan Dean Kitibutr
  • Maric Son

Good luck to Team BC! 

 

Updated 2014 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Criteria & Call for Coach and Manager

November 20, 2013

The High Performance Committee (HPC) of Badminton BC has updated and approved the following 2014 Western Canadian Team Championships (WCTC) Team Selection Criteria.  The HPC is also calling for applications for Team Coach and Team Manager.  Please find this information below:

A reminder that the athlete positions on the team are fully self-funded and that Badminton BC will only be covering the Coach and Manager related expenses.  Also that a team will only be able to be sent if a qualified Coach and Manager are found by December 5, 2013.

 

Western Canadian Team Championships Team Criteria

October 10, 2013

The High Performance Committee of Badminton BC has approved the following 2014 Western Canadian Team Championships team critiera for distribution to the membership.

 

Team BC brings home Silver at 2013 Western Canada Team Championships

January 14, 2013

After a competitive selection process which displayed the exceptional level of talent and commitment of many of our young BC athletes, Team BC for the 2013 Western Canada Team Championships was selected as the following:

Coach - Thushan De Silva
Manager - Phyllis Chan

U14 – Ruiqi He, Jodi Fei, John Tam, and Steven Lu
First Alternates – Arianna Auyeung and Jonah Lee

U16 – Dora Chien, Jasmine Li, Antonio Li, and Jeffrey So
First Alternates – Kylie Cheng and Felix Law

Click "Read more" below for a full Team BC event summary from Manager, Phyllis Chan.

At 6:20pm Pacific Time on January 10th, 2013, Team BC left the beautiful city of Vancouver to head to Saskatoon for the Western Canada Team Championship.  Nothing could have prepared the team for their late night arrival in the land of snow.  The team was bombarded by cold winds and snow as we walked around the deserted airport rental lot searching for our designated cars.  Everyone was very tired by the
time we were able to retire to our rooms at the Ramada.

The next day proceeded smoothly as everyone adjusted to the life of moving as a pack.  Team BC, renamed Team Bacon due to the tantalizing smell of bacon wafting from the kitchen, played Manitoba in the afternoon and pulled off an astounding win of 14-0.  On Saturday morning, the team was up and awake for their early match against Alberta at 9am.  The team lost the tie with the close score of 6-8.  Later that afternoon, they triumphed over Saskatchewan and qualified to replay Alberta for the gold on Sunday.

On day of the team finals, things were heating up between Alberta and Team Bacon (BC).  Team cheers of 'Do it for the bacon!' roused those on the court to play harder than they have ever played before.  Unfortunately despite everyone's best efforts, Team Bacon lost to Alberta with a score of 10-4 with many matches playing to three sets.  Team BC was awarded silver for their hard work.

Thushan De Silva, coach of the team, would like to commend all of the players for their spirit and is very proud of everyone's performance.  He would also like to thank the players' coaches and parents for their
continued support and Phyllis Chan (myself), manager, for her work this weekend.

Highlights of the weekend include John Tam and Jodi Fei's singles matches against Alberta.  Whether they were leading or a few points behind, they never stopped fighting for themselves and the team.  I also want to praise Ruiqi He and Jodi Fei's fantastically synchronized warcry for doubles.  It was absolutely amazing to see the normally quiet and reserved Ruiqi step up her game.  I hope she will continue to do so in the future.  Not to be outdone, Dora Chien, Steven Lu, and Jasmine Li were the steady anchors of the team with their consistent performance.  Throughout the weekend, they provided the team with crucial points that guaranteed at least a silver for BC.  Lastly but not the least, Jeffrey So and Antonio Li played very well against the top two players in Alberta and must be credited with the best attitude and humour on and off the court.

This weekend has been full of ups and downs and the team has stuck together the entire time.  Throughout the weekend, many memories and friendships have been made.  Poor Antonio will be called 'Fat Tony' by me for a while and I will continue to hold a grudge against Jeffrey So for lying to me during Big 2.  Feel free to ask anyone from the team about their stories and their experiences from representing BC at the Western Canada Team Championship.  I am sure their stories will make you laugh at least once.  To the team, take care and keep training hard.

Until next time,

Phyllis Chan

 

2013 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Information

September 4, 2012

2013 Western Canadian Team Championships – Jan. 11-13 2013, Saskatchewan

Team Size

The minimum team size for the Western Canadian Team Championships will be one (1) team of two (2) U14 males, two (2) U14 females, two (2) U16 males, and two (2) U16 females.  One (1) Coach and one (1) Manager will be selected by the Badminton BC Performance Committee.  The selected Coach and Manager will be of opposite gender.

Team Selection
The minimum team size will be chosen for each of the U14 (born 1999 or later) and U16 (born 1997 or later) categories by adding the points from each athlete’s singles results from their top two (2) of the first three (3) Badminton BC Junior Circuit events of the 2012/13 season.   The athlete with higher points will be selected for the team.  In the event of a tie athletes participating in Doubles and Mixed Doubles as a partner of another selected team member, and athletes participating in all 3 events will be given preference.  The final decision will be approved by the Badminton BC Performance Committee.
                   Point Values
          Winner               638 points
          Finalist               533 points
          Semi Finalist       439 points
          Quarter Finalist   345 points

One (1) additional athlete in each age group and gender may be selected at the discretion of the Badminton BC Performance Committee.

Selection Events
          September 21-23 2012   VLTBC Junior Open
          November 9-12 2012      Remembrance Day Tournament
          December 7-9  2012       Island Junior Open

*Athletes must attempt to play all three (3) selection events to be eligible.
Athletes who are unable to attend a selection event, however would like to maintain eligibility for consideration, must forward a notice of their inability to attend, description of why they cannot attend, and a signed professional verification making note of the reason for non-attendance to Badminton BC prior to that event taking place.

Cost to the Athlete
There will be a cost of $450 per athlete, for those athletes selected to the team.  The entry fee will include return travel from YVR, accommodation in Saskatchewan, a Team BC uniform, an event reception, and event souvenir in addition to the competition.

Appeals
Any appeal of these criteria must be received prior to 4:00pm PST September 14th, 2012 and include a signed endorsement from a coach.

Any appeal of non-selection must be received prior to 4:00pm PST December 17th, 2012 and clearly identify which criteria were met by the athlete and not acknowledged by the Badminton BC Performance Committee.

Any appeals can be sent via email to Executive Director Phil Weier at philw@badmintonbc.com

 

Team BC Victorious at Western Canadian Team Championships

January 16, 2012

2012 WCTC 3

Team BC at Western Canada Team Championships, January 13, 14, & 15, 2012, Winnipeg Winter Club, Manitoba.

BC was victorious in the U14/U16 combined team event defeating Alberta, in the Gold Medal Match.

Representing BC in the U14's were Jeffrey So, Jack Lin, Kylie Cheng, Jenna Wong, and Samantha Zheng.  The U16 team members were Christie Choy, Jasmine Li, James Ho and Calvin Che!  The coach was Harry Pan from Ace Badminton Club and the manager was Cindy Simpson.

The format of the event was round robin with 2 singles in each age category for males and females.  The singles event was ranked 1 and 2 and once we declared our singles players, we had to stay with that.  The events involving females we were able to change in the U14 as we had 3 players.

The qualifying event was a full round robin and we easily defeated Manitoba 2, Manitoba 1 and Saskatchewan with strong performances by all including our youngest player Samantha Zheng who won all of her matches in singles, doubles and mixed.

On Saturday afternoon, our fourth tie of the event, we played Alberta.  By this time, travel, change of climate, different food and time began to catch up to us.  However, the U14's despite strong play and close losses ended the tie 3 - 4.  The U16's knew they had to work hard and did so winning the tie 4 - 3 which meant that we were tied with Alberta overall 7 - 7 and into the Sunday gold medal match.

We had a pretty restful remainder of the day and on Sunday am, they were ready to go.

The format is such that two events were played at one time.  Jeffrey So and Jack Lin set us up for the start of success!  Although Jeffrey had lost to Byron Holcek of AB in singles the day before, he was on fire, focussed and fought to win his three game match.  On the next court was Jack Lin working hard for every point and although he lost the match 20-22 in the second game he demonstrated a fighting spirit which carried over to the girls.  Kylie Cheng literally flew about the court defeating her opponent.  Jenna had a very tall opponent in Monica Cowper to whom she had lost the previous day.  In this round, Jenna was on task and business like.  She won in the third game.  After the match, she said that was the best she had played and she surprised herself as to how well she moved about the court!

Next the U16 men took to the courts.  Calvin Che in our #1 position played Ty Lindeman.  On Saturday, Calvin lost to Ty in three.  Sunday was a different story, Calvin came out following his game plan and won in two.  Meanwhile on the next court, James was quickly winning his match. These two also set the tone for the U16's and the team.  The women took to the courts for their singles.  Jamine Li had a tough match with Alberta's no. 1 and although she lost both matches her scores, movement and shots were much better on Sunday.  Christie Choy easily won her singles as well.

The doubles were next.  The U14 team of Jeffrey and Jack avenged their Saturday loss to Alberta with a strong win over the same team.  The girl's team repeated their win from the day before.  The U16 girls of Christie and Jasmine had lost a three game tough match the day prior but on Saturday, they were victorious in another three game match pulling out the win 22- 20 in the third!  The U16 boys did not fare as well, losing to the team they had defeated the day before in three in a very close match.

Onto the mixed!  One of the longest matches on Saturday was the U16 mixed that Kylie Cheng and Jeffrey So played against AB prevailing in three, 21 - 17.  Sunday was a different story.  This focussed confident pair, playing a combination of mixed and doubles, defeated the same Alberta pair convincingly.  The U16 team of Christie Choy and James Ho had a very tough match on Saturday winning 25 - 23, 21 - 16 and repeated the win on Sunday with similar scores of 21 - 15, 23 - 21.

We finished the event with a team score of 11 - 3.  Broken down the contribution to the final medal results were U14, 6 - 1 and U16, 5 - 2.

This event was well run by Ryan Giesbrecht, the Executive Director of the Manitoba Badminton Association and hosted by Archie Chawla and the Winnipeg Winter Club.

Thanks to all the parents who welcomed us home yesterday at YVR with hugs, kisses, flowers and candy!

Coach Harry Pan, who did a wonderful job of coaching the players, and I were very proud of the way our players behaved, represented our province and performed the whole weekend!

For full event results go to Tournament Software at: 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships

Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Simpson
Team Manager,
Western Canada Team Championship Team!

2012 WCTC 5

 

Draws Posted for Western Canadian Team Championships

January 12, 2012

Hosted by the Manitoba Badminton Association, the draws for the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships have been posted online.  This team badminton event is being held at the Winnipeg Winter Club in Winnipeg, MB this weekend, January 13-15, 2012.

Team BC's contingent will be participating against Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan, and two teams representing Team Manitoba.

Team BC for the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships includes:

Coach: Harry Pan

Manager: Cindy Simpson

U14 Boys - Jeffrey So and Jack Lin

U14 Girls - Samantha Zheng, Jenna Wong and Kylie Cheng

U16 Boys - Calvin Che and James Ho

U16 Girls - Jasmine Li and Christie Choy

Good luck to Team BC!

 

2012 Western Team Championships Team

December 21, 2011

The following is the confirmed Team BC for the 2012 Western Team Championships in Winnipeg, MB. January 13-15.

Coach: Harry Pan

Manager: Cindy Simpson

U14 Boys - Jeffrey So and Jack Lin

U14 Girls - Samantha Zheng, Jenna Wong and Kylie Cheng

U16 Boys - Calvin Che and James Ho

U16 Girls - Jasmine Li and Christie Choy

 

Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection, Coach, and Manager Information

November 3, 2011

The 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Criteria, as well as information regarding the WCTC Coach and Manager positions have now been published by the High Performance Committee of Badminton BC.  The event will taking place in Winnipeg, MB from January 13-15, 2012.

Information regarding these opportunities can be found in the following documents:

  1. 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Information (pdf)
  2. 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Coach Information (pdf)
  3. 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Manager Information (pdf)

For additional WCTC information, please contact Phil Weier, Acting Executive Director - Technical & Programs at philw@badmintonbc.com or 604-333-3599.

 

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Information

November 3, 2011

Western Canadian Team Championships – Jan. 13-15 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Team Size

The minimum team size for the Western Canadian Team Championships will be one team of two U14 males, two U14 females, two U16 males, and two U16 females.  One Coach and one Manager will be selected by the Badminton BC VP High Performance.  The selected Coach and Manager will be of opposite gender.

Team Selection

Athletes will be chosen for each of the U14 (born 1998 or later) and U16 (born 1996 or later) categories by adding the points from each athlete’s singles results from the first three Badminton BC Junior Elite Ranking Circuit events of the 2011/12 season.   The athlete with higher points will be selected for the team.

Point Values
Winner –                638 points
Finalist –                 533 points
Semi Finalist –         439 points
Quarter Finalist –     345 points

Selection Events

September 23-25    2011 VLTBC Junior Open
November 11-13     2011 Remembrance Day Tournament
December 9-11       2011 Island Junior Open

Cost to the Athlete

There will be a cost of $450 per athlete, for those athletes selected to the team.  The entry fee will include return travel from YVR, accommodation in Winnipeg, a Team BC uniform, an event reception, and event souvenir in addition to the competition.

Appeals

The “tentative” Western Team Championships team will be announced by December 14th.  Visit the Badminton BC website at www.badmintonbc.com for the team list.

Deadline for receipt of written appeals will be December 19th by 4:00pm PST and should be sent to:

Badminton BC
c/o Kieran Nair VP High Performance
252-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond BC
V7B 0A2

Final team list will be announced December 21st, 2011.

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Selection Information (pdf version)

 

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Coach Information

November 3, 2011

Job Title:        2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Coach

Responsible to:    Kieran Nair (Badminton BC’s Vice President – High Performance)

Project Timeframe:    January 12 – 15, 2012

Performance Goal:    To win a Team Gold Medal

Main Objectives:
•    To Coach the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team during the event and at any team training camps prior to the event, as applicable.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Full NCCP Level 3 Certification
•    Experience coaching athletes at the National level
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Available to attend the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba departing the evening of Thursday January 12th and returning the evening of Sunday January 15th, 2011                                                
•    Member in good standing of Badminton BC
•    Pass a criminal records check

Other:
•    This is a volunteer commitment however; approved travel expenses associated with attendance of the Western Canadian Team Championships will be reimbursed by Badminton BC.
•    The 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships team will also be supported by a Team Manager, of opposite gender.

Selection Process:
•    Deadline for submission of application is November 28, 2011.
•    Successful applicant will be determined by December 5, 2011.
•    Application to include a cover letter and resume
•    Selection Committee is made up of the Badminton BC VP-HP and Acting E.D. Technical & Programs.  Final decision to be approved by the Board of Badminton BC.
•    Applications to be submitted to the Badminton BC office, Attention: Kieran Nair, VP High Performance.

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Coach Information (pdf version)

 

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Manager Information

November 3, 2011

Job Title:        2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Manager

Responsible to:    Kieran Nair (Badminton BC’s Vice President – High Performance)

Project Timeframe:    January 12 – 15, 2012

Performance Goal:    To win a Team Gold Medal
Main Objectives:
•    To Manage the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team during the event and coordinate any team communications prior to the event.
 
Minimum Qualifications:
•    Demonstrated ability and experience leading and managing teams
•    Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills
•    Available to attend the 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba departing the evening of Thursday January 12th and returning the evening of Sunday January 15th, 2011
•    Member in good standing of Badminton BC
•    Pass a criminal records check
•    NCCP Certification is an asset
•    Experience coaching and leading athletes at the provincial level is an asset

Other:
•    This is a volunteer commitment however; approved travel expenses associated with attendance of the Western Canadian Team Championships will be reimbursed by Badminton BC.
•    The 2012 Western Canadian Team Championships team will also be supported by a Team Coach, of opposite gender.

Selection Process:
•    Deadline for submission of application is November 28, 2011.
•    Successful applicant will be determined by December 5, 2011.
•    Application to include a cover letter and resume
•    Selection Committee is made up of the Badminton BC VP-HP and Acting E.D. Technical & Programs.  Final decision to be approved by the Board of Badminton BC.
•    Applications to be submitted to the Badminton BC office, Attention: Kieran Nair, VP High Performance.

2012 Western Canadian Team Championships Team Manager Information (pdf version)

 

2011 Western Canadian Team Championships Results

January 19, 2011

2011 WCTC Team BC

Team BC at the 2011 Western Canadian Team Championships

Results from the 2011 Western Canadian Team Championships held January 14th to 16th, 2011 at the Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver, BC.

Alberta won gold in a decisive win over British Columbia winning 13 matches to BC's lone win.  Winning the bronze was Manitoba winning 12-2 over fourth place Saskatchewan.

2011 WCTC Teams Alberta/BC/Manitoba

2011 WCTC: Gold - Team Alberta, Silver - Team BC, Bronze - Team Manitoba

Congratulations to all Team BC athletes as the overall match count does not do their performance any justice.  Many matches were lost by the narrowest of margins and four matches in the final round went to three games.  Our full respect goes to Team Alberta as they were able to persevere during the close battles and had consistently strong performances throughout the weekend.

 

 

2011 WCTC Coach Application: Submission Deadline - December 10th, 2010 Download Here

2011 WCTC Manager Application: Submission Deadline - December 10th, 2010 Download Here

 

 

Western Canadian Team Championships – Jan. 14-16 2011
West Vancouver, BC



Team Selection
All U16 team members must be participating in the Team BC - Training to Win Program to be eligible, all athletes must be members of Badminton BC to be eligible.
2 males and 2 females will be chosen for each of the U14 (born 1997 or later) and U16 (born 1995 or later) categories by Singles results only from the first seven Badminton BC ranking Junior Tournaments of the 2010/11 Season.  We will add the points from each athletes top three finishes, the athlete with the higher points will be selected for the team.

Point Values
Winner –                638 points (Prov. A)            1275 points (Nat. Jr. Elite)
Finalist –                533 points (Prov. A)            1065 points (Nat. Jr. Elite)
Semi Finalist –        439 points (Prov. A)             877 points (Nat. Jr. Elite)
Quarter Finalist –    345 points (Prov. A)             690 points (Nat. Jr. Elite)

A third male and third female for each age group may be chosen at the discretion of the Badminton BC Selection Committee (Team Coach, VP-HP and Technical Director).  This athlete will be selected based on the following criteria in priority sequence:

1.     Results in Doubles and Mixed Doubles of the qualifying events as a partner of a 2011 WCTC team member.
2.     Higher point total from singles qualification results.

The “tentative” Western Team Championships team will be announced by December 13th.  Visit the Badminton BC website at www.badmintonbc.com
for the team list.  Final team list will be announced December 20th.


Selection Events
September 24-26 2010 VLTBC Junior Open (U14 and U16)
October 8-10 2010 Prairie Black Knight Junior Elite Series (U16 only)
October 15-17 2010 Richmond Open (U14 and U16)
November 5-7 2010 Ontario Black Knight Junior Elite Series (U16 only)
November 11-14 2010 Remembrance Day Tournament (U14 and U16)
November 19-21 2010 Shuttlesport Junior Open (U14 and U16)
December 10-12 2010 Island Junior Open (U14 and U16)
 

Team Size
The minimum team size for the Western Team Championships will be one team of 4 males and 4 females (half U14 and half U16).  One Coach and one Manager will be selected by the Badminton BC High Performance Committee prior to the trials.
PLEASE NOTE – Equal playing time is not guaranteed at the event.  The team Coach has complete discretion when submitting team line-ups at the event.


Team Cost
There will be a cost of $50 per athlete, for those athletes selected to each of the teams.  The entry fee will include a Team BC uniform and team reception in addition to the competition.


Appeals
Deadline for appeals will be December 18th by 4:00pm PST. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Written appeals should be sent to:

Badminton BC
c/o Julia Chen VP High Performance
252-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond BC
V7B 0A2