Long running badminton tournament a big success last weekend

Plenty of competitors from Kelowna, BC and around the country

Mixed doubles finalists (from left to right) Sam Dunner and Robbyn Hermitage defeated Lyndsay Thomson and Victor Yap at the Kelowna Open Badminton Tournament last weekend.

Close to 70 badminton players from Kelowna, BC and different parts of Canada converged on the Kelowna Badminton Club last weekend for the long-running 2011 Kelowna Open Badminton Tournament.

The event was held for the 101st year last weekend with players competing in  singles, doubles and mixed events for both men and women.

Among the results were mixed doubles open A winners Robbyn Hermitage and Sam Dunner who claimed the division with 21-16, 21-16 scores over Victor Yap and Lyndsay Thomson.

In the men’s doubles A event Garrett Babichuk and Angus Macdonald earned the win by 21-19, 14-21 and 21-8 scores over Terry Downton and Sam Dunner.

The ladies doubles A event winners were Karen Jaillet and Laura Schwarz as they defeated Lori Parr and Wendy Podovelnikoff.

In ladies singles action Ezreena Scott earned the title with Caitlyn Anderson coming in second in a round robin format.

The winner of the men’s singles was Babichuck who defeated Angus Macdonald 21-18, 14-21 and 21-16.

This year’s tournament was attended by top players in the province as well as nationally.

The Kelowna club is led by coaching pro, Robbyn Hermitage, who has won six national titles and has been to the Olympics for Canada.

The Kelowna Badminton Club is a very vibrant non profit club with a club house and five courts of play. It is one of the most active clubs in the area.

You can find out more about the club at www.kelownabadminton.ca.

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