Adidas Badminton Canadian Demo Day, July 21st, 2013, by admin

All in for adidas Badminton!  Come join us for the 1st Canadian Demo Day @ Shuttlesport Badminton Academy.

When:  July 24th (Wednesday)
Where: Pinetree Community Centre – Coquitlam
Time:  8pm
What:  adidas Demo Day – come try the new adidas Badminton racquets & meet national team member & adidas sponsored Derrick Ng

For further information contact Shuttlesport International.
Phone: 778-737-7475

Shuttlesport Year-End Tournament & Social, June 23rd, 2013, by admin

We had a record number of entries for our Year-End tournament with a few alumni showing up to challenge the younger players. We ended the season with another sold-out social. Bob and Topher entertained the crowd with their humour, Melinda provided an action-packed slideshow recap of our year and it capped off with Alan Luk’s moving speech. Congratulations to all and thank you to Al, coaches and assistants and our parent committee for another wonderful season.

Award highlights:

Player of the Year: Alex Lim
Most Improved Player of the Year: Allen Lee
Junior Player of the Year: Clarence Liu
Most Improved Junior Player of the Year: Michael Chan/Samantha Tse

Click here for photos from the event.

Friendly matches with Bellevue club, April 28th, 2013, by admin

A group of  U14 players from the Bellevue club came to play against our U14 (2C Jr.) group. Check out the photos here!

Logan won AB provincial men's doubles, April 27th, 2013, by admin

Congratulations to Logan Campbell for winning the Men’s Doubles event with partner Danny Paulson.

BC Closed & Junior Championships, April 26th, 2013, by admin

Congratulations to Alvin Lau and Nathan Choi for capturing gold in the Men’s Doubles event at the BC Closed Provincial championships. They defeated Benny Lin and Duncan Yao in a tightly contested match. Nathan Choi then partnered with Christin Tsai in Mixed Doubles final but lost in another 3-sets match to Toby Ng and Phyllis Chan.

In the junior event, Alex Lim and Allen Lee were runner up to Duncan Yao and Joshua Liu in the U19 Men’s Doubles event. Kudos to all participants.

For more results, please click here.

Maple Ridge Tournament, April 25th, 2013, by admin

Congratulations to all players that participated in the Maple Ridge Tournament. Well done everybody! Please click here for more results.

SSDCA Team Invitational Tournament 2013, March 31st, 2013, by admin

Thank you to all players and coaches that participated in the 2nd SSDCA Team Invitational Tournament this Easter long weekend. Congratulations to Fraser Heights for winning the prize of $300 and to Alpha for winning the consolation round. Special mention to Saira Butter and Sunny Shih for their sportsmanship during the entire tournament.

For more photos from the event, please click here.




1st – Fraser Heights

2nd – Port Moody

3rd – Pinetree

4th – Semiahmoo

5th – Alpha

6th – Cariboo

7th – Maple Ridge

8th – Pinetree2

Her toughest opponent is time itself, March 23rd, 2013, by admin

A fitting crown for Canada’s arguably greatest college badminton player may  not come in time.

That is the possible future that awaits five-time Canadian Colleges’  Association women’s singles badminton champion Ruilin Huang of Burnaby.

The fifth-year Douglas College accounting student is hoping to get an  opportunity to play for Canada, but bureaucratic formalities have so far  prevented the 23-year-old student from Mainland China from getting her landed  immigrant papers and one day competing for a spot on the national team.

“I want to compete at the nationals, but I’m not Canadian. I really want to  be, but I tried before, but it didn’t work,” said Huang, who earlier this month  won an unprecedented fifth consecutive national female singles title in  Ontario.

At the college nationals in Barrie, Ont., Huang won all seven of her matches  en route to the title, improving her collegiate career record to an outstanding  207 wins with just one defeat.

“(That loss) was against a girl from Edmonton – NAIT College – and she was  from China, too,” said Huang of her only collegiate defeat. “I lost to her in  the team event first. I lost to her in three games and in the end, we met in the  singles final, and I beat her in two games. It was my third nationals and on her  court.”

It is telling that Huang remembers her only loss so well.

“It was my first year for regular classes (after two years of English  language training). All my attention was on school and when I was at the  tournament, I was still doing my marketing homework,” she said.

The four-time CCAA female badminton player of the year was named the national  association’s female athlete of the year across all sports last year. She is  also the five-time defending PacWest player of the year.

When an 18-year-old Huang first came to Canada in 2008 to attend Douglas, she  defeated five-time Canadian women’s national champion Anna Rice in straight sets  at a national ranking event prior to the Olympics.

“It was a big deal for me. I knew she was top 16. I was lucky and I beat  her,” Huang said. “In China, I was OK. There is lots of competition.”

Another big accomplishment for Huang was winning the U.S. Open women’s  doubles with Lydia Jang in 2009.

But the clock is ticking on how long Huang can continue to compete at a high  enough level to fulfill her life’s ambition.

After 17 years of high-performance training and competition, much of it at  China’s Provincial Sport Institute in Hunan province, Huang has the battle scars  to prove it.

“I don’t know. I believe eventually I will get it, but I don’t know when I  get it that I will be able to play,” Huang said, adding nagging injuries are now  a competitive reality for the young star. “You can go over 30, but my body  condition won’t allow me to go over 30.”

Douglas College head badminton coach Al Mawani, who helped bring Huang to  Canada, has also been spearheading her application for landed status.

Mawani, who also heads up the progressive Shuttlesports badminton academy in  Coquitlam, said the process has been frustrating, especially when he sees other  athletes fast-tracked with help from their sport bodies.

Last year, the Canadian Olympic Committee got behind the application of  Chinese-born table tennis star Eugene Zhen Wang, the top-ranked player in North  America, in time for him to compete at the Olympic Games in London.

Nothing similar to that has happened in Huang’s case despite Mawani’s  diligent lobbying on her behalf every step of the way.

Neither Badminton Canada nor the provincial body have stepped in to support  Huang’s application, said Mawani.

“Time is running out as an age factor. She wants to play,” said Mawani. “I  think as far as the national championship is concerned, she has to experience it  once. To me, she is the best player in Canada, bar none, in the 25 years I’ve  been coaching.”

By Tom Berridge, Burnaby Now

Douglas College badminton star wins a fifth career national title, March 7th, 2013, by admin

ruilinhuangRuiLin Huang of Burnaby made it a clean sweep in her Canadian Colleges’  Association women’s badminton career.

The fifth-year senior from Douglas College won her unprecedented fifth  consecutive national women’s singles title in Barrie, Ont. on Saturday.

Huang, who has also won five straight PacWest provincial titles and more than  200 wins in her career, swept her entire competition in straight sets, including  a 21-12, 21-13 victory over Vancouver Island University wild card Melissa Liew  in the gold-medal final.

Huang’s first national title came in 2009 in Etobicoke, Ont.

Dan Kai of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology also won his fifth men’s  singles national title at the championships in Barrie. However, Kai took time  off in 2010 after two straight title wins in 2008 and ’09.

Douglas also won gold in the men’s doubles.

Wei Luo and freshman Nathan Choi teamed for their first doubles title  together, besting PacWest wildcard Willis Kwee and Andy Wong of Kwantlen  Polytechnic 21-11, 21-09 in the final. For Luo it was a third consecutive  national men’s double title with a different partner.

In 2011, Luo won his first doubles title for Douglas with teammate Darren  Hong at the nationals. Last year, Luo teamed with Simon Wu to win a second  straight Canadian crown.

Luo and Choi easily beat Jimin Jung and Ian Tang of Seneca College 21-6, 21-8  in the semifinals.

In the women’s doubles, the Douglas College pair of Amy Leung and Charmagne  Yeung had to settle for a silver medal following a three-set 21-15, 16-21, 21-16  loss in the championship final to the CCAA female player of the year Tracy Wong  and Renee Yip of Humber College.

It was the fourth national medal for Yeung and second for Leung.

The PacWest team comprised of Langara and Douglas players won the team  supremacy award.

– By Tom Berridge, The Record

Douglas does B.C.s for eighth time, February 21st, 2013, by admin

The Douglas College Royals won an unprecedented eighth consecutive provincial  badminton title this past weekend.

The Royals started the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record in the team  competition to beat out runners-up Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic for  its eighth straight PacWest title.

The Royals are undefeated over the past eight years and have amassed an  astounding 192 wins without a loss during that span.

Douglas garnered a grand aggregate total of 1,433 points in tournament play  this season.

Douglas also shone in the individual competition, qualifing in three separate  events for the upcoming Canadian Colleges’ association national championships to  be held in Barrie, Ontario later this month.

Defending four-time national singles champion RuiLin Huang led the Royals,  winning her fifth straight women’s singles title with a win over Melissa Liew of  Vancouver Island University in the championship final. Huang will look to win a  record fifth straight national title.

Charmagne Yeung and Amy Leung defeated Alisa Young and Even Tong of Kwantlen  to win the women’s doubles event for the Douglas team.

Yeung also won a fifth provincial title and is on target for a fifth  consecutive national title as well.

Two-time men’s champion Luo Wei teamed up with freshman sensation Nathan Choi  to win the men’s doubles.

The Douglas pair knocked off Kwantlen’s Willis Kwee and Andy Wong for the  men’s title. Wei will be going for his third straight national title in  Barrie.

Darren Cho placed fifth in the men’s singles, while the mixed doubles team of  Laura Tacon and Mark Chang also finished fifth in the individual event  finals.

“A very professional performance by the team,” said Douglas College head  coach Al Mawani. “It’s going to be a bittersweet nationals with RuiLin,  Charmagne and Amy finishing out their collegiate careers.”

The team leaves for Ontario on Feb. 26.

By Tom Berridge, The Record

2013 Hollyburn Jr Open, February 13th, 2013, by admin



Congratulations to the winners at the Hollyburn Jr Open! For full results, click here.










2013 Yonex Canadian National Championships, February 6th, 2013, by admin

Congratulations to Alvin Lau and Nathan Choi for reaching the final of Men’s Doubles at the Yonex Canadian National Championships. This is their first national championship playing together. They lost to defending champion Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu 21-15, 21-9.

Alvin and Allan came close, January 22nd, 2013, by admin

Alvin Lau and Allan Ng gave a valiant effort in the final of the 2013 VRC Jack Underhill Men’s Doubles competition. They lost to Duncan Yao and Joshua Liu 21-15 19-21 21-14 .






Click here for full results.

Double Win For Nathan Choi in Alberta, January 14th, 2013, by admin

The Shuttlesport Badminton Team traveled to Calgary this past weekend to compete in an Alberta ranking event held at Mount Royal University. Shuttlesport Club member Nathan Choi was the big winner at the tournament. Nathan at 18 years of age and the youngest member of the team won both events he was entered in. Nathan, began his weekend by teaming up with Charmagne Yeung to win the Mixed Doubles competition. It was his first win at a senior event. Now full of confidence, Nathan teamed up with Shuttlesport teammate Alvin Lau to win the Men’s Doubles event by defeating club mates Logan Campbell and Luo Wei in three very close games 23-21,20-22, 21-16. Earlier Alvin, continued his comeback in the singles event by reaching the final before losing to Calgary native Joseph Donaldson 15-21, 21-17, 14-21.

Charmagne Yeung & partner Laura Tacon reached the Women’s Doubles semi-finals before losing to Charmaine Reid and Kyleigh O’Donaghue 10-21, 15-21. Bob Sharma also reached the Men’s Singles semi-final before losing to Alvin Lau in 3 very close games 19-21, 21-13, 20-22. “I was very pleased with the teams effort and performance over the weekend” commented head coach, Al Mawani. “at just 18 years of age Nathan’s performance was particularly impressive” added Mawani.

For results, click here.

Simon's Wei to China Championship, January 7th, 2013, by admin


Team owner Simon Lee and Coach Luo Wei(Rey) led their team to the China Open team championship. It was their 1st win in the four years of the competition. As teams battled throughout the tournament, the Lee/Wei duo remained composed and correctly executed their line-ups by going undefeated in the competition. Members of the winning team include: Allan Ng, Alan Luk, Nick Chua, Vincent Yan, Ivy Park, Sarah Chan.

Final Standings:

1st Team Lee
2nd Team Ng
3rd Team Moo
4th Team Luk
5th Team Lim

Please click here for the rest of the photos.

Building for the sweep in 2013, December 29th, 2012, by admin

The Douglas College Royals roared again at the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association national badminton championships.

Douglas players took medals in four of the five categories, including gold in the women’s singles and men’s and mixed doubles at the national championships in Kamloops in March.

Burnaby’s RuiLin Huang was the toast of the tournament, winning a fourth consecutive single women’s title, while Rey Luo Wei and Simon Wu came back to win the men’s doubles title in dramatic fashion.

Charmagne Yeung and freshman Logan Campbell also won a gold medal at the nationals, taking the mixed doubles title without dropping a single game.

First-year walk-on Bob Sharma of Douglas also medalled, earning a silver medal in the men’s singles.

“I’m exceedingly proud of this team. I’m very proud of Simon (Wu). He was overjoyed. He really wanted it,” said Douglas head coach Al Mawani of the fifth-year transfer student.

“Things like this just make you proud – they just won’t quit no matter what. We didn’t really know how we’d do. But to pull all these results our way, I was extremely proud of them.”

Huang, who prior to the nationals was awarded a fourth association player of the year award, had just one misstep in her march to a fourth women’s singles title.

Huang defeated Ontario champ Tracy Wong in three games in their Round 2 matchup, dropping her first game this season 21-18 in the second set.

The Burnaby student rallied, remaining in complete control and swept the remaining opposition, including a 21-13, 21-10 victory over Wong in the gold-medal final.

Huang was named the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association women’s badminton player of the year for an unprecedented fourth time prior to the championships.

The Douglas College student won previous player of the year awards in 2009, ’10 and ’11. She is also a four-time All-Canadian in badminton.

Huang was also later named the CCAA female athlete of the year across all sports.

By Tom Berridge, Burnaby Now December 28, 2012

Douglas College Royals to set bird bar even higher, December 23rd, 2012, by admin

It’s hard to be No. 1, but the Douglas College badminton program has made it look rather easy.

In the past two decades, Douglas athletes have garnered 56 total medals – more than half the medals that were up for grabs at the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association nationals. Of that number, 34 of them were of the gold variety.

“I feel good because we started this whole thing at the Canadian college level,” said current Douglas College head coach Al Mawani, who returned to the program eight years ago with even bigger goals.

Since then, Douglas has been a juggernaut, winning 30 total medals, including an impressive 22 gold.

The continuity was seemless for Mawani, who left the program in the capable hands of student products Sian Deng and Peter Chen.

But the real credit goes to former director of athletics Lou Rene Legge, says Mawani.

“She knew my dream. I credit her,” said Mawani. “That’s when it took off.”

That dream included the college partnering in a badminton academy run by Mawani that is growing the game at the grass roots level, both recreationally and in the competitive sphere.

In 2007, Mawani championed a dream season, leading the Douglas Royals to the national championships, where they won all five singles and doubles finals as the B.C. contingent. Later that same year, Douglas birders helped the B.C. badminton team win at the Canada Games for the first-ever time.

“What turned our programs around was getting a person like Alvin (Lau). He grew up in the B.C. programs. He was the guy I chose, and he didn’t let us down,” said Mawani of the former Douglas College five-time Canadian colleges’ doubles champion from 2006 to 2010.

Since then, Chinese national students and Burnaby residents, Melody Liang, a former five-time college women’s doubles gold medalist, and current defending four-time women’s singles champion and player of the year RuiLin Huang, have continued to keep Douglas on top.

With Lau and many other Douglas products passing on their skills to the next generation of badminton stars, Mawani has most of the pieces in place both as a collegiate coach and as founding director of the Shuttlesport Academy.

With recent visits from the French and Swiss national teams to the academy, Mawani understands the word is out when it comes to where the best badminton training facility is in the Lower Mainland.

“The challenge is where do we go from here? There is a need for more court time,” said Mawani.

With elite training programs running five days a week and growing recreational interest, space has become an issue.

Young up-and-comers and current provincial champions, 16-year-old twins Bryan and Allan Ng, and Alex Lim, 17, have international futures ahead of them if they continue to get the resources they need to improve, said Mawani.

“Our priority for Canadian badminton is to keep raising the profile of our younger players; that’s important,” he said.

“Academy-wise, we’ve achieved the goals we first set out, and college-wise, we’ve more than achieved. Our next goal is to bring the under-12 kids to follow the u-16s. I want to have that flow coming through.”

But to do that, it means a different level of support, added Mawani, citing private partnership is the next step in the process.

“We have to create more of the partnerships we’ve had with Shanghai and Switzerland to create an environment where we can provide the funding. It has to come from a private company. I don’t see it coming from anywhere else,” Mawani said. “We’ll work hard on doing that.”

By Tom Berridge, Burnaby Now December 21, 2012

Double 'A' dominate boys doubles at the Island Junior Badminton Tournament, December 9th, 2012, by admin

alexlimleft-and-allenleerightA chilly morning quickly heated up as the final round of the 2012 Island Junior Badminton Open commenced play Sunday morning in Victoria. Among many thrilling matches that took place, the most anticipated title of the tournament and the last match of the day was the Under 19 Boys Doubles final in which Alex Lim(Coquitlam) and Allen Lee(Coquitlam), both from the Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, took on Jenkin Chu(Vancouver) and Aaron Lee(Vancouver). The first set of play was very tight where Alex and Allen were able to pull away with a score of 21 – 18. With the pair winning the first set, they raised the intensity in the second and as a result, comfortably took the Boys Doubles Championship by winning the second set 21 – 15. Both players worked very hard and won the tournament without dropping a set, including knocking out the first seeds in the semifinals. Overjoyed with their results, the Double ‘A’ team look forward to the New Year where they will participate in provincial & national championships. “The boys have good chemistry and are slowly developing into one of the better Junior teams in Canada” commented Coach Al Mawani. Alex also was a finalist in the Under 19 Mixed Doubles earlier that morning. – By Melinda Ng (Shuttlesport Media Director)

Click here for full results.

Sarah Chan Wins Triple Crown, November 17th, 2012, by admin

Sarah Chan of the Shuttlesport Jr. Elite team won all three Under 16 events she entered in this past weekend at the Shuttlesport Winter Invitational. Sarah won the singles event then teamed up with her sister Priscilla to win the girl’s doubles event. To complete her triple crown she partnered up with club mate Clarence Liu to win the mixed doubles competition. Clarence went on to win the U16 boy’s doubles event teaming with Jarin Davison from the Shuttlesport badminton academy in Prince George. In the U14 event, Ina Huang also completed a double by winning the girl’s singles and along with Coco lee won the girls doubles event. “I’m very proud of our younger Shuttlesport members as they are now developing into competitive athletes who are capable of winning tournaments” commented head coach, Al Mawani.

For photos from the tournament, please click here.

For complete results, please click here.

Badminton Twins Clash, November 12th, 2012, by admin

It was a showdown between Shuttlesport Badminton Academy twins Allan and Bryan Ng at this weekend’s Vancouver Racquets Club Remembrance Day Tournament. This was the first time the twins have ever faced off against each other in a major tournament final. Allan and partner Alexa Wu(Vancouver)won the first set, but Bryan and Serena Lam(from Winnipeg) quickly came back and took the second. The third and final set began with a cat-and-mouse chase, but in the end, Allan and Alexa were too strong and prevailed to take the Junior A U19 Mixed Doubles title with scores of 21-13, 16-21, and 21-16. Spectators were thrilled with the quality and intensity of the match. Congratulations to both pairs who exhibited high quality badminton and to eventual winners, Allan Ng and Alexa Wu.

Allan and Bryan were not the only Shuttlesport players to have done well at this tournament. Emma Liu and Ivy Park won the U19 Girls Doubles in the Junior B category, defeating teammates Nicole Yuen and Rebecca Zhang in the finals. Michael Chan made all three finals in the U14 Junior B, winning the mixed doubles with partner Coco Lee, and placing second in boys singles and doubles with partner Kevin Zhu. Shuttlesport players displayed a great amount of talent which was showcased in this tournament. However, there is no time to waste as the Shuttlesport Winter Invitational quickly approaches the following weekend. – By Melinda Ng (Shuttlesport Media Director)

For complete results, please click here.

Twins Win U-23 Doubles Title, October 8th, 2012, by admin

16 year old brothers Allan & Bryan Ng showed how much progress they have made in the past 12 months. Playing in the Richmond tournament for experience, the boys put on quite a show battling through each round to capture the doubles title. In the past 6 months they have now won 2 tournaments in the ‘Open’ or ‘U23’ category(winning the Seattle Open in February). Shuttlesport Club Coach, Al Mawani feels that if they continue to put in the hard work they will be one of the top teams in Canada in the coming years!

In the U19 event, Michael Choy and Collin Yan defeated teammates Nick Choy and Anson Wong to capture 3rd place in an intense ‘all club’ match.  Congratulations to all on a wonderful performance. Click here for full results.

Super at 2012 Chinese Cup, October 1st, 2012, by admin

RuiLin Huang of the Shuttlesport badminton academy started her season the same way she left off last season – by winning!   The Burnaby resident won the inaugural Chinese Cup tournament held in Richmond this past weekend by defeating the #1 seed Joanna Che in 2 straight games 21-12, 21-15.   After a hard fought 3 setter in the semi-finals RuiLin found her speed and control to comfortably win the final.   In the Men’s singles event, former Royals star Alvin Lau stunningly upset the #1 & 2 seeds to win his first singles tournament in over 5 years.   Alvin, known more for his accomplishments in doubles & mixed doubles defeated Shuttlesport club teammate Luo Wei in the semi-finals before knocking off former club mate KaiLai Zhang in the final in 3 thrilling games!!!   Earlier in the day Alvin and Melody Liang lost a tight mixed doubles final. In all, a fantastic weekend for the Shuttlesport badminton academy. Click here for results.

Shuttlesport Year-end Social, July 12th, 2012, by admin

We ended 2011-2012 season with another fun year-end tournament and fantastic social that was SOLD OUT! Award highlight of the night included:
Junior Player of the Year: Allan Ng
Senior Player of the Year: Alex Lim
Most improved Player of the Year: Clarence Liu


2012 Junior & U23 National Championships, May 25th, 2012, by admin

Logan Campbell, Allan Ng, Bryan Ng and Nathan Wong competed at the Junior Nationals in Moncton, New Brunswick. Valiant effort by every player! Here are photos from the event.

Shuttlesport All-England Championships, April 21st, 2012, by admin






Congratulations to all winners and participants!

Allan Ng wins Provincial Mixed Title, April 19th, 2012, by admin

Shuttlesport Elite team member, Allan Ng showed why hard work always pays off! Allan, the hardest working member of the Elite team partnered with Jasmine Li to win the Under 16 Mixed Doubles title on his home court. It was Allan’s first provincial title. Allan also teamed up with brother Bryan Ng to win the silver medal in the Under 16 Boy’s Doubles. In an exciting and hard fought final the brothers gave it everything they had before falling just short in losing the 3rd game to Calvin Che & Joshua Liu. Alex Lim also won a silver medal in the Under 19 Mixed Doubles event. Alex, who is a former provincial champion reached 3 semi-finals. Allan & Bryan Ng along with teammates Nathan Wong and Logan Campbell will now prepare for the national championships held next month in Moncton.

For more results, click here.

SSDCA Team Invitational Tournament 2012, April 10th, 2012, by admin

Thank you to all players and coaches that participated at the 1st SSDCA Team Invitational Tournament of 2012. Congratulations to all participants!


1st – Pinetree 1

2nd – Fraser Heights

3rd – Port Moody

4th – Semiahmoo

5th – BBB

6th – Pinetree 2

7th – Enver Creek

8th – Cariboo Hill

Badminton Royals fierce again in national badminton finals, March 6th, 2012, by admin

The Douglas College Royals roared again at the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association national badminton championships.

Douglas players took medals in four of the five categories, including gold in the women’s singles and men’s and mixed doubles at the national championships in Kamloops on Saturday.

Burnaby’s RuiLin Huang was again the toast of the tournament, winning a fourth consecutive singles title, while Rey Luo Wei and Simon Wu came back to win the men’s doubles title in dramatic fashion.

Charmagne Yeung and freshman Logan Campbell also won a gold medal, taking the mixed doubles title without dropping a single game.

First-year walk-on Bob Sharma of Douglas also medalled, earning a silver medal in the men’s singles.

“I’m exceedingly proud of this team. I’m very proud of Simon (Wu). He was overjoyed. He really wanted it,” said Douglas head coach Al Mawani of the fifth-year transfer student.

“Things like this just make you proud. … They just won’t quit no matter what. We didn’t really know how we’d do. But to pull all these results our way, I was extremely proud of them.”

Huang, who prior to the nationals was awarded a fourth association player of the year award, had just one misstep in her march to a fourth women’s singles title.

Huang defeated Ontario champ Tracy Wong in three games in their Round 2 matchup, dropping her first game this season 21-18 in the second set.

The Burnaby student rallied, remaining in complete control and sweeping the remaining opposition, including a 21-13, 21-10 victory over Wong in the gold-medal final.

“We never gave up. There was no give up no matter what the score was,” said Mawani.

That was certainly true about the men’s doubles team of Wei and Wu.

The men’s provincial champs dropped their opening two matches in round-robin play to the PacWest hosts and Ontario but avenged both defeats in the ensuing finals.

Wei and Wu swept the Kwantlen University team of Willis Kwee and Andy Wong 21-12, 21-15 in the semifinals.

The Douglas pair then defeated Ontario’s Dayvon Reid and Mark Wong 21-19, 21-12, 23-21 in what turned out to be the match of the tournament.

“We went in as one of the favourites with Ontario, but we started up a bit overconfident,” Mawani said.

After its second straight loss of the competition to Ontario in Round 2, the team talked over strategy, Mawani added.

“We said, ‘This is not how we play. Our tournament is going to start now. We’re going to win the title.'”

With returning national doubles titlist Rei offering vocal encouragement, the Douglas team pulled through in the final game, saving a number of match points to upset Ontario.

“It’s our fighting experience that allowed us to bring us back,” Mawani said.

That manner of gutsy performance was also evident in Sharma’s upset wins over PacWest champion Luke Couture in two separate men’s singles matches.

Sharma easily beat Couture 21-9 in a third set tiebreaker in the opening round.

The first-year Douglas student then swept Couture 23-21, 22-20 in the men’s semifinal before dropping the gold-medal final to three-time and defending men’s singles champion Dan Kai of Alberta in straight sets.

“Bob gave it everything he had. But I think he’s a year away from that level,” said Mawani.

In mixed doubles, Yeung and Campbell were first-time national champions.

The PacWest wildcard women’s doubles team of Lisa Chen and Amy Leung from Douglas placed fifth overall.

“We built a new team this year from the grassroots. I’m very proud of the group, the college and the club. It’s doing what we’re supposed to do,” Mawani said. “The support from Douglas College has been fantastic. We wanted to bring (our play) up to our standards.”

Four-time winner Ruilin Huang of Burnaby was named the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association women’s badminton player of the year for an unprecedented fourth time.

The Douglas College student won previous player of the year awards in 2009, ’10 and ’11.

Huang is also a four-time All-Canadian in badminton.

By Tom Berridge, Burnaby NOW March 6, 2012


Shuttlesport Duo Bring Home Bronze from BC Winter Games , February 29th, 2012, by admin

Shuttlesport Junior Elite members Clarence Liu and Sarah Chan both brought home bronze medals from the 2012 BC Winter Games held in Vernon. Clarence with his partner won bronze in the boys doubles event while Sarah and her partner won bronze in the mixed doubles event. Congratulations to both members for their wonderful performance!

Twins Continue Fine Form, February 29th, 2012, by admin

Bryan and Allan Ng continued their fine form in the Under 16 doubles event. The boys showed
that they can now compete with the best teams in Canada. Fresh off a win at the Seattle Open, the
brothers played solid, consistent badminton to reach the BC Elite Under 16 doubles final. After a
good fight the boys eventually lost the final 21-16, 21-18 to Calvin Che and Joshua Liu. Bryan
and Allan will now compete in Calgary this weekend in the Alberta Elite tournament.

Double – Double, February 22nd, 2012, by admin

Members from the Shuttlesport Badminton Academy travelled to Bellevue last weekend to compete in the Seattle Open. Despite the ‘flu bug’ the Shuttlesport ‘elite team’ put in a magnificent effort! Leading the way was a ‘breakthrough’ performance by senior members Luo Wei(Rey) and Simon Wu who won the Men’s Doubles Open event. This was the first tournament win for the pair who showed excellent defense to supplement their attacking style of play. To knock off the #1 seeds and win the tournament will give them confidence.   Not to be outdone, the twins – Bryan & Allan Ng put in a wonderful ‘spirited’ performance to win the ‘B’ doubles event.   The boys showed plenty of fight throughout the final to defeat their senior opponents. “It was exciting to see the boys support each other and show a fighting spirit” commented Performance Director Al Mawani.  Doubles was not the only event that Shuttlesport had success. RuiLin Huang won the Women’s Singles event after her opponent had some bad luck with an ankle injury. Ruilin later teamed up with Charmagne Yeung to reach the Women’s Doubles final. Logan Campbell continued his fine play by reaching the Men’s singles final and then teaming with Charmagne Yeung to reach the Mixed doubles final. Coach Mawani was very pleased with the play and effort of the Junior squad. “I like the fight shown by the entire  team but in particular Irwin Ng and also Bryan Ng  in the singles competition” added Mawani.

See below for Seattle Open results:

MS A 2nd – Logan Campbell
MS B 2nd – Allan Ng
WS A 1st – Ruilin Huang
MD A 1st – Wei Luo/Simon Wu
MD B 1st – Allan Ng/Bryan Ng
WD A 2nd – Ruilin Huang/Charmagne Yeung
XD A 2nd – Logan Campbell/Charmagne Yeung
XD B 1st – Melinda Ng/Simon Wu

Douglas College sends all eight to college badminton nationals, February 22nd, 2012, by admin

Ruilin Huang will look to win an unprecedented fourth Canadian Colleges’ women’s singles title this year.

The defending three-time national collegiate champion and player of the year won her fourth straight PacWest badminton title, sweeping the combined opposition in straight sets at the provincial championships at Thompson Rivers University on Sunday.

Charmagne Yeung and Logan Campbell also made a clean sweep of the mixed doubles, winning all five matches in straight sets to take the provincial title.

Defending national doubles champion Lou Wei and fifth-year transfer Simon Wu picked up a third B.C. title for the New Westminster college, placing first overall in the men’s doubles.

“I was happy with the men’s doubles,” said Douglas head coach Al Mawani. “They had struggled since the fall. But they took responsibility for themselves and won the Seattle Open two weeks ago, which was a fantastic result for them.”

Wei and Wu lost the opening game to the eventual third-place Capilano University pair of Tony Chen and Mark Chang of Burnaby in the finals. The Douglas pair also dropped a game to the North Shore school in the team event held Saturday.

The Royals’ silver medal men’s singles and women’s doubles team also qualified for the upcoming national collegiate championships, which will be held in Kamloops this year.

Freshman Bob Sharma of New Westminster and first-year Lisa Chen and third-year Amy Leung will enter the nationals as Team B.C. 2, owing to the host school receiving a second berth.

Sharma placed second in the men’s singles behind Langara College’s Luke Couture in a close 21-14, 19-21, 21-19 final.

The Douglas women’s doubles team of Chen and Leung qualified second behind the Capilano pairing of Veronica Yeung and Rosalynn Chong by a score of 21-7, 21-19.

But Mawani is confident that the men’s singles final at the nationals should be the decisive match between the two champions.

“The men’s singles will be a fight. Both men have won two times this year,” said Mawani. “We’re looking forward to it. Once you qualify, anything can happen. We have a chance.”

Douglas also won the provincial team event, sweeping Kwantlen, Langara and host TRU by the same 5-0 score, while dropping a single game to both Capilano and Vancouver Island universities in round-robin play.

The Royals racked up wins in 23 of 25 matches in the five disciplines against the opposition schools in Saturday’s team competition, garnering 386 total points in the fourth PacWest tournament this season.

Douglas also swept all three previous tournaments this year to post a grand aggregate score of 1,477, far outdistancing second-place Capilano by more than 350 points in combined scoring.

“To have all eight players qualify (for the nationals), you can’t say anything more,” Mawani added.

The Canadian college nationals will be hosted in Kamloops and runs from March 1 to 4.


Royals Sweep on Home Court , January 30th, 2012, by admin

The Douglas College Royals badminton team continued to dominate the Pacwest conference. This past weekend, playing host at the David Lam campus in Coquitlam, the Royals won the team event with a perfect 5 – 0 record and remained undefeated for the season. The team welcomed back 3 time national champion RuiLin Huang(Lynn) back after she had missed the previous tournament at Capilano University in November. After wrapping up the team event the squad set out to continue their momentum from their outstanding performance in Calgary a fortnight ago. Continue their momentum they did indeed! The Royals swept all 5 events for the 2nd time this season at a Pacwest tournament. Leading the way was Bob Sharma, a 1st year singles player. Bob began by defeating the #1 seed Luke Couture from Langara in 3 hard fought games. It was Bob’s first tournament win since coming over from India to attend Douglas College. Bob wasn’t done yet as he later teamed up with Logan Campbell to win the Men’s Doubles event. Sharma finished the tournament a perfect 13 Wins and 0 Losses. Not to be outdone, Lynn Huang easily won the Women’s singles event against Veronica Yeung from Capilano University, her 14th in a row and then teamed up with team captain Charmagne Yeung to defeat the Capilano Women’s Doubles team of Rosalynn Chong and Veronica Yeung 21-17, 21-10 in the final. In the last event of the tournament, Charmagne Yeung and partner Logan Campbell won the Mixed Doubles by defeating teammates Simon Wu and Amy Leung 21-11, 21-10. The win gave both Charmagne and Logan their 6th tournament wins of the season and a perfect 39 Wins and 0 Losses for the season! The Royals now play in Seattle before heading to Kamloops for the provincials.

For full results, click here.

New Westminster college dominate singles in Alberta, January 19th, 2012, by admin

Douglas College Royals badminton players made a strong showing at the Yonex Alberta series at Mount Royal University over the weekend.

Douglas students won four separate finals, including a near clean sweep of men’s and women’s singles.
Fifth-seeded Logan Campbell upset former five-time Royals national champion Alvin Lau on his home court following a 21-8, 22-20 victory in the men’s singles final.

Current Royal Bob Sharma took third place, defeating Jason Ong of Richmond  21-13, 21-13 in the consolation final. The medal sweep in the men’s singles was impressive since Douglas had not had a player get beyond the men’s quarter-finals at the Alberta event in the past two years.

“It was a huge win for him (Campbell),” said Douglas coach Al Mawani of Burnaby. “He told me before he was going to win the tournament. He felt very confident he could win it.”

Campbell, a Calgary native, and Lau later teamed up to win the men’s doubles,  knocking off top seeds Kai Dan and national champion Jon Vandervet of Alberta 21-15, 21-19 in the series final.

Douglas grad and top seed Stephanie Ko was pushed to a third set before upending Adriana Holcek of Calgary 19-21, 21-10, 21-9 in the final of the women’s singles. Charmagne Yeung placed third in singles. Ko,. A four-time national collelgiate doubles champion, and Yeung teamed up for third overall in the women’s doubles, beating Alberta’s Mary Smith and Irene Wong 21-11, 24-22.

The Royal twosome were upset 21-18, 21-10 by eventual champs and unseeded pair Jenn Lam of Ontario and Alberta partner Lindsay Smith in the semifinal.

Ko and Yeung also placed in separate mixed doubles. Ko teamed with Wei Luo for second place, while Yeung and Campbell finished right behind in third in mixed action.

“We took a lot of positives from the whole trip,” Mawani added. One of those positives was the confident play gained by Luo. The second-year Burnaby athlete was also a winner in the men’s B doubles final, teaming with fellow Royal Simon Wu for the team’s fourth first-place finish. That result seemed to inspire Luo for the mixed doubles, Mawani said.

Unseeded Ko and Luo upset the Alberta top seeds Yang Sun and Dan 21-17, 21-19 in the semifinals. Ko and Luo then pushed Vandervet and Lam to three sets before falling in the ensuing final 21-13, 17-21, 21-12.

Sharma also counted a second top finish, placing second in the mixed doubles B flight with partner Jenny Yang of Alberta. “I was very pleased with the effort on the floor. There were positives from every player on this trip,” said Mawani.

By Tom Berridge, Burnaby Now
January 16, 2012

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For full results, click here.

Badminton Royals top story in 2011, December 30th, 2011, by admin

The Douglas College Royals badminton team proved once again the toast of the country.

The No. 1-ranked Royals won three individual gold medals at the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association national badminton championships at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. in March, including an unprecedented fifth straight women’s doubles title by Melody Liang.

Liang’s doubles partner, Stephanie Ko, earned a fourth consecutive national doubles title, while singles sensation RuiLin Huang became a three-time national champion and the national association’s first-ever three-time female player of the year.

It was Huang’s third straight undefeated season in individual league and tournament play in a college career spanning more than 120 games.

Not to be outdone, a pair of Douglas College men also made their mark at the badminton nationals.

B.C. runners-up Darren Hong and Rey Luo avenged an earlier loss in the collegiate provincial finals, taking the gold medal at the national championships in men’s doubles.

All five Douglas players swept their combined opposition without dropping a single game.

“To tell you the truth, I expected it to be much harder this year,” said Douglas head coach Al Mawani.

Prior to the nationals, Douglas won its sixth consecutive provincial college championship title on its home court in New Westminster.

“I’m very, very proud of the team,” Mawani added. “It shows we have a program and not just the individuals within it.”

Liang and Ko graduated from Douglas at the end of the school year, while Huang decided to take time out from the 2011/2012 season.

The current Douglas Royals badminton team ended 2011 in a similar fashion, winning both tournaments in the fall semester by wide margins and holding on to an almost insurmountable points lead heading into the winter break.


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2011 China Open - Team Moo crowned champions!, December 24th, 2011, by admin

The Intensity, Competitiveness, and Trash talking was almost at a boiling point at the recent China Open!  AND this was only from the team owners and coaches!!! The annual club China Open team competition has quickly turned into one of the highlight events on our club calendar. After 5 pressure filled rounds of competition, the team led by owner Denise Moo(aka: The Silent Assasin) came out of nowhere to win the tournament. Assisted by team coaches Charmagne Yeung and Bob Sharma(questionable), Team Moo lost their first round but after settling down won 2 of the last 3 rounds to clinch the title and thus leaving Team Lee to finish in 2nd place. Team member Bryan Ng, who was the only member with any experience in this competition, now has won 2 titles in the 3 year history of the tournament to tie Devon Louie for the overall lead.  Other team members included: Bob Sharma, Charmagne Yeung, Irwin Ng, Collin Yan, Emma Liu, and Brandon Lim. Denise is the 3rd different owner to win this competion.

Final Team Standings:

1st Team Moo
2nd Team Lee
3rd Team Lim
4th Team Ng
5th Team Luk

2011 China Open - Jr. Event, December 24th, 2011, by admin

Coco Lee and Joshua Au were the 2 dominant players in this years Jr. China Open tournament. Coco and Joshua both won their singles events and then teamed up with their doubles partners(Joshua with Kaiser Lee & Coco with Wendy Feng) to win the doubles before teaming up to win the mixed doubles competition that would give them the ‘triple crown’.   In the 2C event, Alvin Wong defeated last years champion Kavanbir Toor to win the boys singles event and Rebecca Zhang defeated Sharon Yang to win the girls singles event.   In the Shuttle 1 grouping Sebastian Shek did the ‘double’ by winning the singles event and teaming up with Kendric Lee to win the doubles event.

See picture(Coco Lee with Wendy Feng – winners of the 1C girls doubles)

Black Knight/Adidas Players of the Month 2011-2012, December 24th, 2011, by admin


Alex Lim & Emma Liu


Bryan Ng & Allan Ng


Joshua Au & Coco Lee

Clarence Liu Makes Zone 3 BC Winter Games Team , December 24th, 2011, by admin

Congratulations to Clarence Liu who qualified to represent Zone 3(Fraser Valley) at the 2012 BC Winter Games to be held February

23-26 in Vernon, BC. Clarence, the youngest member of the Shuttle 3C training group will play in a team competition as well as an individual event in the Under 14 age group.

Good Luck Clarence!

Elite Team Members Join Adult Group, December 8th, 2011, by admin

Members of the Shuttlesport Elite team joined the Shuttlesport Adult training group

for some fun & games during the December 7th training sessions. Elite team members

mixed with the Adult members for doubles & mixed doubles games. Some of the games

were quite intense and competitive!!!

Douglas College continues it's winning ways, November 28th, 2011, by admin

The Douglas College Royals continued their fantastic start to the season by putting in a strong effort to win at Capilano University. Despite being short one player the team worked very hard and stuck together to win the team competition with a perfect 5-0 record. The Royals were led by newly named team captain Charmagne Yeung and rookie Logan Campbell who won all 5 of their team matches. Amy Leung and Lisa Chen also went undefeated in team competition by winning all 4 of their matches. With the team event wrapped up the Royals looked for success in the individual competition. Once again, the team was led by outstanding performances by Charmagne and Logan who won two titles each and finished the weekend with a perfect 13-0 record. Charmagne upset #1 Veronica Yeung from Capilano to win an intense Women’s Singles final and then teamed up with Logan to win the Mixed Doubles event for the second consecutive tournament. Logan then went on to win the Men’s Doubles event with partner Luo Wei. The pair had also won the Men’s Doubles event earlier in the season. “Logan and Char were absolutely fantastic for us all weekend” commented head coach, Al Mawani. “The team performance was brilliant with all the challenges we have had to face this season” added Mawani. In all the Royals won three of the five individual events to go with the team title. The Royals now break for the holidays and will host the next competition in January.

Shuttlesport Girls Excel On Home Court , November 24th, 2011, by admin

Shuttlesport played host to the 2011 Shuttlesport provincial ‘B’ tournament on November 18 & 19. The club had a particularly good showing by winning 15 individual titles. Led by the girls who won 8 titles in total in the various age groups. Emma Liu and Laura Tacon led the way by winning two titles each. Emma won the Under 16 Girls Singles and Laura won the Under 19 Girls Singles and the two combined to win the Under 19 Girls Doubles. In addition, Coco Lee/Nicole Sue won the Under 12 Girls Doubles, and Eliza Lim/Jessie Wong won the Under 16 Girls Doubles. Sisters Priscilla Chan(U16) and Sarah Chan(U14) combined with their respective partners to win the Mixed Doubles events. Finally for the girls was Wendy Feng and partner winning the Under 14 Girls Doubles event. The boys were not to be out done as they fought their way to 7 titles. Allan Ng, Oscar Zhen, Curtis Liu, and Irwin Ng combined to sweep all the Under 19 events and got good support from youngsters Joshua Au(U12 BS), Michael Chan(U12 BD), Kevin Zhu(U12 MX), and Clarence Liu(U14 BD) who each won one title.  The club had many players playing in their first ever provincial tournaments and showed great promise with their strong performances.

For full tournament results, click here.

Alex Lim Wins Double Titles, November 16th, 2011, by admin

Shuttlesport Elite Team member Alex Lim continued his fantastic season by winning the Under 19 Boy’s Singles and Mixed Doubles titles at the VRC Remembrance Day Tournament, a provincial ranking tournament. Alex was dominant in winning the singles event without dropping a game. The mixed doubles was a hard fought title for Alex and his partner. After winning a tense quarter and semi finals, Alex and partner defeated teammate and good friend Newman Lam and partner in the final. Allan Ng reached two finals in the Under 16 age group.  Allan along with brother Bryan reached their third straight Under 16 Boy’s Doubles final. After playing their best match of the season the boys lost a close final to the #1 seeded team from Vancouver.   The twins are improving every time out and look to build on this performance. Allan Ng and partner were also finalists in the Under 16 Mixed doubles event.  In all it was a fantastic performance by ‘Team Shuttlesport’ as club members reached 8 finals!!! Click here for more results.

Simon Wu Reaches Final, November 16th, 2011, by admin

Simon Wu and his partner reached the Jack Underhill mixed doubles final last week at the provincial senior ranking event.   Simon who has worked very hard on his fitness and skills was rewarded after a fine performance.   Simon will next compete for Douglas College in two weeks time. Click here for more results.

Douglas College Badminton looking for 8th straight provincial championship, October 25th, 2011, by admin

The Douglas College badminton team started the 2011-12 badminton campaign at host Vancouver Island University. The Royals badminton team are in pursuit of their 8th straight provincial title. The weekend began with the team winning the round robin team event with a perfect record of 5 wins and 0 losses. The team came out very strong on Friday evening and there was no let up on Saturday morning.

Once the team competition was wrapped up the Royals turned their attention to the individual competition. A quick start by 3 time national champion RuiLin Huang in the women’s singles set the tone for the defending champions. RuiLin won the final without losing a game and defeated Veronica Yeung of Capilano University in the final. RuiLin then teamed up with Charmagne Yeung, also a 3 time national champion, to win the women’s doubles event, once again without a loss. Charmagne who last played for Douglas College in the 2007-08 season joined Logan Campbell, a highly rated rookie recruit from Calgary, to win the mixed doubles event, again without losing a game. The sweep seemed a possibility as the remaining 2 men’s events had Douglas teams in the final. In the men’s singles event, Luo Wei, last year’s men’s doubles national champion, dominated the singles competition to win the event, again without a loss. The men’s doubles win by Luo Wei and Logan Campbell completed the sweep. The pair really weren’t threatened throughout and met another Douglas pairing, Bob Sharma and Simon Wu in the final. Bob, a new recruit from India, and Simon a transfer student from Kwantlen, upset the #2 and #3 seeds to reach the final. In other results, Lisa Chen and Amy Leung finished 3rd in the women’s doubles event and Bob Sharma finished 3rd in the men’s singles event.

Click here for the full results.

Twins reached 2nd consecutive final in Saskatoon, October 20th, 2011, by admin

Allan & Bryan Ng competed in the Prairie Jr Elite (National ranking event) this past weekend. The boys played well throughout the tournament to reach their 2nd consecutive boy’s doubles final (also reached the VLTBC final). The duo are now becoming one of the better under 16 teams in the country with strong performances so far this season. The boys lost the final to Vancouver pair Joshua Liu & Calvin Che but put in a fighting performance in the final. Allan Ng also made it to the Under 16 Boy’s singles consolation final and doubles pairing of Nathan Wong & Ian Chan won the  Under 16 Boys’ doubles consolation event.

Congratulations to all!!!  Click here for complete results.

Liang/Vandervet win BC Open Mixed Doubles!, October 10th, 2011, by admin

Melody Liang and partner Jon Vandervet of the Shuttlesport/Douglas College Badminton Academy won the BC Open. They defeated the #1 seeds Toby Ng and Grace Gao in 3 exciting games! Toby and Grace are currently ranked #19 in the world. Melody and Jon got stronger as the tournament went on and saved their best for the final! Coach Al Mawani said “this is the best this pair have played in the past 6 months, they both really supported each other throughout”. In other results, RuiLin Huang, in her comeback from injury, had an excellent tournament as she defeated the #2 seed, Phyllis Chan, in the semi finals before losing to the #1 seed Michelle Li in the final. “I feel with a couple more tournaments and few weeks of training she will be much stronger and faster” commented Mawani on RuiLin’s performance.

The BC Open is a National ranking tournament that was held October 7 to 9 at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. Click here for complete results.

Double Mixed Trouble for Shuttlesport Duo at 2011 VLTBC Jr., October 2nd, 2011, by admin

Badminton BC and the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club hosted the first BC Jr. Ranking tournament of the season. Shuttlesport had a strong presence with over 20 members entering the tournament. A fine effort and performance was put in by ALL Shuttlesport athletes! The highlight of the tournament was Nathan Wong & partner winning the Under 16 Mixed Doubles competition and Alex Lim & partner winning the Under 19 Mixed Doubles competition. Both individuals and their partners fought hard to win their respective titles. Elite Team members Bryan & Allan Ng also had excellent tournaments. The boys showed their class in reaching the Under 16 Boy’s Doubles final before falling just short to a very good Richmond pairing. Newman Lam & Alex Lim also made the Under 19 Boys Doubles final before running out of gas in the final. Alex Lim reached his 3rd final in the Under 19 Boy’s Singles after defeating the #1 seed from Vancouver before losing in the final. Other highlights include Bryan Ng winning the Under 16 Boy’s Singles Consolation event and Irwin Ng & Michael Choy winning the Under 16 Boy’s Doubles Consolation event. Congrats to all!!

See results section for complete results.

Rey Luo Wins VRC Summer Invitational, August 27th, 2011, by admin

Shuttlesport Elite team member, Rey Luo, won the Men’s Singles event at the VRC Summer Invitational.   Rey defeated fellow teammate Jensen Ly in the final in 2 hard fought games. Jensen also teamed up with Shuttlesport teammate Bob Sharma to pick up a silver medal in the Men’s Doubles event.

Shuttlesport Badminton Academy Social Attracts Record Numbers, July 8th, 2011, by admin
The Shuttlesport Badminton Academy held it’s annual year-end social last weekend.  Just like the academy, the social drew record numbers.
Award highlight of the night included:
Junior Player of the Year: Allan Ng
Junior most improved Player of the Year: Erin Garrison
Senior Player of the Year: Alex Lim
Senior most improved Player of the Year: Anson Wong

Adult group mix with the Shuttlesport Elite Team, July 8th, 2011, by admin

The last day of the Spring programs saw the Shuttlesport Elite Team paying a visit to the last Shuttle Adult session before the summer break.   Members from the Elite Team mixed with members of the Shuttle Adult program to play a series of doubles matches. Matches were competitive, skill level was high, and great fun was had by all.

Players of the Month, June 16th, 2011, by admin

2010/2011 Shuttlesport Players of the Month

October 2010:
Male – Jacky Chan
Female – Betty Leung

November 2010:

Male – Alex Lim
Female – Emma Liu

December 2010:

Male – Alan Luk
Female – Melanie Choi

January 2011:

Male – Michael Moo
Female – Melinda Ng

February 2011:

Male – John Ryan
Female – Andrea Ho

March 2011:

Male – Alex Lim
Female – Laura Tacon

April 2011:

Male – Anson Wong
Female – Coco Lau

May 2011:

Male – Curtis Liu/Andrew Le
Female – Nicole Yuen
Lim makes racquet run at provincials – Coquitlam Now, April 26th, 2011, by admin

At the youthful age of 15, it appears Coquitlam’s Alex Lim has the B.C. badminton world at the tip of his racquet.

The Pinetree Secondary student pulled off a couple of upsets at the B.C. Badminton championships to capture the under-16 boys singles title in Coquitlam two weeks ago.

While the win wasn’t totally unexpected, the route to the final had its share of thrills and detours.

“I expected to at least get into the semifinals, but it wasn’t a sure thing,” Lim said.

The road to the title featured five matches, including three that went to three sets apiece. He took down the No. 3/4 seed in the quarterfinals.

In the end, the championship battle pitted him against unranked Calvin Che of Richmond, who had also knocked off some higher ranked opponents.

The No. 5/8 rated Lim took the first set 21-16 but saw the flip-side in a 15-21 loss in the second set.

“He started to do more smashing and more accurate shots, which caught me off guard,” said Lim. “In the deciding set it was pretty close up to 11 and then I finally broke away.”

He won it with a 21-14 victory.

Stretched over three days, the closeness of the games provided the teen a true test of his abilities.

One of his toughest battles came in the semifinal against a friend, who also happened to be ranked second overall.

The two were in a hard duel that saw Lim trailing early.

“I’ve played him multiple times and he’s a bit shorter than me and younger,” he recalled. “I have to push him to the back but he was putting his shots to the front and I had to run back and forth.”

Trailing early, Lim won the first set 21-19, and closed it out with another close win 21-18 to advance to the final.

In five years of playing, he has climbed the shuttle ladder quickly.

“When I was six I use to play with my dad in the driveway and he likes to smash it really hard. It was a lot of fun.”

That fun is still part of the game, but now success is part of the mix.

“Alex had been training very well the two weeks prior to the provincials,” local head coach Al Mawani said.

“With that in mind, I felt that if he kept his focus he could scare the higher seeds and perhaps win the tournament, so I wasn’t surprised that he won the tournament.”

The next challenge for the teen is at the nationals next month in Vancouver.

“I’ve been to the nationals twice and my goal is to get at least to the quarterfinals.”

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Alex Lim wins Under 16 Boy’s Singles Provincial Title, April 15th, 2011, by admin

Alex Lim, a member of the Shuttlesport Elite Team capped off a wonderful weekend by capturing the Under 16 Boy’s Singles Provincial title. Alex, who was seeded in the 5/8 spot going into the tournament played very well in the quarter finals to defeat #3/4 seed Alex Lin in 3 games. Then he played probably his best match of the tournament to defeat #2 James Ho in 2 games. On the Sunday final Alex met unseeded Calvin Che who earlier in the tournament had knocked off the #1 seed. It was down to the 3rd game in a hard fought final where Alex and Calvin split the first 2 games. In the 3rd game Alex picked up the tempo and played a solid game to win 21-15 and capture his first Provincial ‘A’ title.

Congratulations to Alex on his win!

The results of the tournament are available here.

Shuttlesport Badminton Academy to host 2010/11 BC Provincial Championships, April 1st, 2011, by admin

For the first time, Badminton BC is bringing all closed categories of Provincial Championships together under one roof. Hosted by the Shuttlesport/Douglas College Badminton Academy we will celebrate the end of the local 2010/11 competitive season and crown our PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS!

The 2011 Black Knight BC Provincial Championships will be taking place April 8-10, 2011 with information and registration now posted at

If anyone would like to volunteer for the event please contact Al Mawani at:

Shuttlesport Athletes Win Major Douglas College Awards, March 29th, 2011, by admin

Douglas College presented it’s year end awards last Thursday(March 24th).

Several Shuttlesport athletes won major awards including:

RuiLin Huang – Female Player of the Year
Stephanie Ko – Academic Athlete of the Year
Al Mawani – Coach of the Year

Melody Liang and Stephanie Ko were also presented with a special award to recognize their achievements over their Douglas College careers.   Melody won a CCAA record 5 National titles.   Stephanie won 4 CCAA National titles.   RuiLin Huang was also honored for winning 3 CCAA National titles and 3 CCAA Female player of the year awards.

Shuttlesport Athletes Win Big in Alberta, March 29th, 2011, by admin

Six members from the Shuttlesport Elite Team traveled to Calgary, Alberta to compete in an Alberta Series tournament.   The team played very well in the 3 day event and captured 4 of the 5 individual events.   Leading the team was RuiLin Huang, Melody Liang, and Alvin Lau as they won 2 events each. RuiLin Huang started it off by winning the Women’s Singles event by defeating Charmaine Reid of Ontario 21-9, 21-4 in a dominating performance. RuiLin then teamed up with Melody Liang to win the Women’s Doubles event by defeating Charmain Reid and Milaine Cloutier in 3 games tightly contested games. Melody Liang along with partner Alvin Lau then defeated an Alberta pair to win the Mixed Doubles event. Alvin Lau then completed his ‘double’ when he and rookie partner Jensen Ly went undefeated to win the Men’s Doubles event. Jensen, a newcomer to Shuttlesport won his first tournament at this level. “Jensen has a very bright future ahead of him” said coach Al Mawani. “He works extremely hard and is always willing to learn” added Mawani.

Douglas College’s Badminton Machine Has Done It Again, March 11th, 2011, by admin

Five Royals earned gold medals at the CCAA 2011 Championships Saturday at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.

RuiLin Huang captured the women’s singles title, Stephanie Ko and Melody Liang won women’s doubles while Darren Hong and Wei Luo captured men’s doubles.

Douglas College coach Al Mawani also led the mixed-school BCAA 1 squad which claimed the overall provincial team title.

Mawani has coached Douglas to six-consecutive BCCAA provincial titles. At the nationals he watched his athletes win early and often. In fact, Douglas athletes dominated on the court by captured all of their 21 matches in straight sets – a remarkable 42-0 run.

Third-year star Huang overcame Sun Yiang of NAIT 21-11, 21-13 in the women’s final. Veterans Ko and Liang also defeated NAIT 21-15, 21-5.

On the men’s side, Hong and Lo had to overcome BCCAA championship duo Pierre Tang and Chris Chung, who had captured the provincial crown at Douglas in February. This time, the Douglas duo posted a 21-14, 21-17 victory.

Douglas to play good host to BCCAA badminton, February 11th, 2011, by admin

The Douglas College Royals are gunning for a sixth B.C. college provincial team badminton title, and where better else to do it than at home.

Beginning Saturday, the Douglas David Lam campus will be the place to be for the finest in B.C. college badminton.

The Royals are the No. 1 nationally ranked team in the country. They can expect to be pushed by No. 5 overall Kwantlen Polytechnical University and No. 9 Thompson Rivers University.

Two other BCCAA schools, Langara College and Vancouver Island University are also ranked in the top 15. Capilano University is also scheduled to take part in the six-team competition.

“Two years ago we knew we were going to win four of five awards, we were seeded second, but won the provincials with a clean sweep. This year, yeah, I’d say the men’s doubles is where the landmine is. Anything could happen,” Douglas head coach Al Mawani said, adding both Langara and Kwantlen are formidable opponents in the men’s doubles.

Douglas is all but assured of the women’s singles and doubles titles.

Current Canadian college female badminton player of the month, RuiLin Huang, has yet to lose an individual match in three seasons at Douglas.

Huang, who will contest the women’s singles, is on a 36-game winning streak in provincial play and has lost just once, in team competition at the national level, giving the Burnaby athlete a record streak of more than 50 individual wins during her college career.

Douglas’s doubles pairing of Melody Liang and Stephanie Ko are equally as tough to beat. Liang is hoping for a fifth consecutive national doubles title, while Ko has shared in the last three. Both Liang and Ko will graduate from Douglas at the end of the school year.

Darren Hong, who teamed with Douglas graduate Alvin Lau for a silver in men’s doubles at the 2010 nationals, will look to return to the nationals in doubles, this time with freshman Rey Wei as his partner.

“I’m hoping Darren’s experience and four years of playing competitively on the national circuit brings a calmness to the team and leads us through,” Mawani said.

Darren Cho will contest the mixed doubles with teammate Amy Leung at the provincials. Leung is a former national silver medallist in mixed doubles for Douglas.

Douglas will not contest the men’s singles competition.

“This is where the fun is. It’s fun. It’s a challenge to get your team above the others,” Mawani added.

The team event will run all day Saturday at the Lam campus in Coquitlam, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until about 5:30 p.m. Douglas has won the past five provincial team banners at the B.C. college championships.

Individual round-robin events will take the stage on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. with a probable finish time of 3 p.m.

The top two seeded teams, Douglas and Kwantlen, will meet each other in all five disciplines at the end of the draw.

The winners of each singles and doubles events will earn an individual berth to the CCAA nationals at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick March 3 to 5. The provincial runner-up in each division will also earn a wildcard to Sackville, N.B.

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Birders Lock up sixth B.C. title, February 10th, 2011, by admin

The Douglas College Royals put together a near-clean sweep at the third badminton tournament this season.

The Royals chalked up their third straight overall tournament win, winning the team competition with a perfect 5-0 record before taking all but one of the individual events in the two-day weekend tourney at Vancouver Island University Sunday.

Douglas was fortunate in pulling off a 3-2 team win over the host school to remain unbeaten before meeting the only other undefeated Kwantlen team in the final set of matches.

Tied 2-2 heading into the pivotal final match against Kwantlen, RuiLin Huang of Burnaby, the Royals two-time player of the year, teamed with Amy Leung to give Douglas the overall team title Saturday.

The win gave Douglas an overall 1,009 total points in the first three tournaments and all but wraps up a sixth consecutive provincial title for the Royals.

Douglas would have to suffer a complete collapse at the final tournament in February in order for second-place Kwantlen to have any chance of stealing the B.C. title away, said Royals head coach Al Mawani.

“We’re proud of that. But we have to stay focused though,” Mawani added. “As a team we played really well. We woke up a bit after a close win against (Vancouver Island University).”

In the individual events, Douglas took first place in women’s singles and all three final doubles matches.

Huang extended her singles winning streak to 11 straight event titles, edging Royals teammate Stephanie Ko 21-19, 21-19 to extend her individual win streak to 35 consecutive matches.

Huang decimated Thompson Rivers University’s Anica Arduini 21-4, 21-3 in the other semi.

Ko advanced to the final with identical 21-10 wins over Kwantlen’s Gurdeep Basran.

Ko teamed with Melody Liang for first place in the women’s doubles, edging Huang and Leung 21-19, 21-19 in the final.

Liang partnered with Darren Hong to win the mixed doubles 21-12, 21-16 over the Kwantlen pairing of Jensen Ly and Ashley Jang.

Hong and Rey Luo were given a challenge by TRU’s Garrett Babichuk and Alex Perkin in a men’s doubles semifinal.

The Royal duo slipped into the men’s final with a 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 victory. Hong and Luo then swept Simon Wu and Willis Kwee of Kwantlen in the final.

Luo settled for a silver medal in the men’s singles behind Peter Huang of Capilano. Luo defeated Pierre Tang of Langara 21-9, 22-20 in the semis.

The Royals will host the provincial tournament on Feb. 12 and 13

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Team Results:

Douglas College       1st
Kwantlen College   2nd
TRU                              3rd
Langara College      4th
VIU                              5th
Capilano College     6th

Individual Event:
Men’s Singles:
Peter Huang 1st (Capilano)
Rey Luo  2nd (Douglas College)

Women’s Singles:
RuiLin Huang 1st (Douglas College)
Stephanie Ko 2nd (Douglas College)

Men’s Doubles:
Darren Hong/Rey Luo 1st (Douglas College)
Simon Wu/Willis Kwee 2nd (Kwantlen)

Women’s Doubles:
Melody Liang/Stephanie Ko  1st (Douglas College)
RuiLin Huang/Amy Leung   2nd (Douglas College)

Mixed Doubles:
Darren Hong/Melody Liang   1st(Douglas College)
Jensen Ly/Ashley Jang        2nd(Kwantlen College)

Lynn Huang Named Player of the Month, February 9th, 2011, by admin

February 4, 2011 – The CCAA Athletes of the Month for January are eight student-athletes competing in CCAA badminton. The CCAA Athlete of the Month program recognizes student-athletes for their outstanding event performance and athletic accomplishments during the month.

Badminton awards are presented to one male and one female student-athlete in each of the four participating conferences: the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA), Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA).

RuiLin Huang dominates the BCCAA – she won 35 consecutive matches this season. She took home first place in women’s singles all three BCCAA events, the most recent of which took place in January when she finished the weekend with a perfect 12-0. Another January highlight was a series ranking event in Alberta, where she won women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. She also coaches several junior Royals, volunteers at the college, and studies business.

Alex Lim named to represent BC, January 3rd, 2011, by admin

Alex Lim, a member of our ‘Elite Team’ has been named to represent British Columbia at the Western Canadian Team Championships to be held January 14-16 at Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver. This is Alex’s first selection to represent BC at an official team event. The competition will include the best players from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Good Luck Alex!!


Shuttlesport Coach named to 2011 Canada Winter Games Team, January 2nd, 2011, by admin

We are pleased to announce that Shuttlesport Prince George coach Lisa Davison has been named as manager for Team BC Badminton at the 2011 Canada Winter Games to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from February 21-27.   This is a wonderful opportunity for Lisa to be in the leadership group as BC tries to defend the title they won in 2007.

Good Luck Lisa!!!

China Open 2010, December 22nd, 2010, by admin

WOW!!  What a finish to yesterdays tournament.
Team Ng quietly came out of nowhere to win the 2nd China Open.
For those of you keeping track – Team Ng finished last in 2009.
Congratulations to Team Ng!!

Final results:

1st Team Ng
2nd Team Luk
3rd Team Chan
4th Team Moo
5th Team Lim

Some highlights of the tournament…..
– The ‘fight’ shown by Bryan Ng & Alan Luk in their final singles match
– Rondo coming on and inspiring his team to a 4-0 win against Team Lim!
– Jensen coaching the wrong twin!!!!       Classic!
– Jason(Scrunchies brother) wondering when the ‘party would start’
– The excellent singles match between Bryan and Allan Ng
– Nathan umm umm umm almost knocking out Christian(maybe this is a lowlight)
– Denise Moo, the first Women team owner
– Very nice to see Heidi there
– The excellent food organized by the parents committee & the Luk’s  THANK YOU!!!!
– Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and the fantastic effort in all the matches
The winners, Team Ng!!!

Badminton as easy as two, three, four, December 19th, 2010, by admin

An old saying goes, behind every great man is a great women, but in the case of the Douglas College varsity badminton team, there are three of them.

Together Melody Liang, Stephanie Ko and RuiLin Huang are three sound reasons why Douglas has dominated college badminton for the past five seasons.

Between them, the three award-winning athletes have won nine Canadian Colleges’ national badminton titles for Douglas.

Liang holds the lion’s share of silverware, winning four women’s doubles banners with two individual partners, including the last three years with Ko.

Liang, a former Canadian Colleges’ female badminton athlete of the year, also won a senior national title with a different partner.

Ko boasts being named the Douglas College academic athlete for a third straight year.

Meanwhile, Huang has won practically everything in her first two seasons at Douglas. She is currently on a 26-game streak without a defeat this season.

The Burnaby resident will be looking to win a third national collegiate women’s singles title, while also vying to three-peat as the Canadian, provincial and college’s female athlete of the year.

“Athletically, obviously we are very good,” said Douglas College head badminton coach Al Mawani. “But I think what makes them good is their work ethic and having that extra sense ingrained in them with what it takes to win.”

Liang, who grew up in Mainland China, had to learn that lesson when she came to Canada and Douglas five years ago.

So did Ko, a Toronto native, who is entering her fourth and final year at Douglas.

“(Melody’s) instincts and movements are better suited for doubles,” Mawani said. “Melody is the leader. She will always try something. It might not always work, but she never stops trying. Her partner has to be in sync with that, and Stephanie is perfect for her. Stephanie is the quiet one, but inside she is the most compet-itive on the team. She even hates to lose at cards.”

Mawani calls it “that fire within,” but Liang has a better term for it.

“We have evil eyes when we play,” Liang said. “We have been taught to be aggressive. We want to dominate the game and show Douglas is the best.”

Ko says it is about being mentally tough.

“It’s easier to lose than it is to win, but you have to train yourself to tough it out,” Ko added.

Toughing it out is exactly what the Douglas badminton team has been able to do in the past five seasons at the nationals.

Since 2006, Douglas players have garnered a total of 17 gold medals at the Canadian championships, including a five-medal sweep of the gold at the 2007 college nationals.

But the women go above and beyond just playing for their school.

“We have to do a lot of things,” said Ko. “We have to go to school, train five days a week and we have to work. We sacrifice our time a lot. But, I’m glad our success shows our sacrifice.”

The women also help coach at ShuttleSport International badminton academy run by Mawani.

That combination makes the Coquitlam centre one of the strongest badminton clubs in Canada, Mawani said.

The partnership with Douglas has also grown to include Maple Ridge and a centre in Prince George, bringing the total number of junior players learning the sport to more than 400.

As the former technical director of Badminton B.C., Mawani helped develop learn-to-play programs in local schools. He has since built on that foundation.

Douglas grad Alvin Lau, who is currently finishing up an education degree at the University of B.C., is heading up the academy’s school program.

“I feel we have the complete package,” Mawani added.

“They are great for the academy and when needed they’ve helped out ShuttleSport. They are a group I can count on and they are all role models, and that’s key to me.”

Credits go to Burnaby Now.
Team continues to roll through competition, November 28th, 2010, by admin

CCL Press Release

November 16,2010

New Wesminster

The Douglas College Royals badminton team showed exactly why they haven’t lost a league match in over 5 years. Despite playing a man short and without start performer Darren Hong, the team finished a perfect 5-0 and finished first in the team competition. Melody Liang, Stephanie Ko, RuiLin Huang, Amy Leung and Rey Luo all put in strong performances by winning all 5 of their team matches. With the team shorthanded the 3 veteran ladies(Melody, Stephanie & RuiLin) who between them have won an impressive 9 national titles put in a powerful performance to lead the Royals to Victory.

With the Individual event on Sunday the Royals squad had an opportunity to increase their overall lead at the half way point of the season. Once again the 3 ladies dominated the ladies events. RuiLin won the Women’s Singles event – her 10th consecutive BCCAA singles tournament win – and teamed up with team captain Stephanie Ko to win the Women’s Doubles event. Melody Liang then teamed up with newcomer Rey Luo to defeat the #1 seeds from Kwantlen College to win the Mixed Doubles event. In all Douglas won 3 of the 5 individual events with Rey Luo finishing 3rd in the Men’s Singles event and Amy Leung and Jerzyl Panuncialman finishing a career best 5th in the Mixed Doubles event.

The next BCCAA tournament will be in January at Vancouver Island University before the Royals host the Provincials in February.

BCCAA Badminton Female Player of the Week, November 28th, 2010, by admin

BCCAA Press Release

November 16, 2010

New Wesminster

RuiLin Huang in her 3rd year at Douglas College. She continues to dominate the Women’s Singles event as was shown this past weekend at TRU. She played a leading role in helping Douglas College’s unbeaten result in the team round robin competition by winning all 5 of her matches. On Sunday there was no let up from her as she clinically went about her business and won the Women’s Singles event – her 10th BCCAA singles win in a row – and with her partner Stephanie Ko won the Women’s Doubles event without losing a game. Huang played the maximum number of matches this past weekend and finished with a perfect 13-0 record overall – extending her season win streak to a perfect 26 – 0 without losing a game. Huang continues to work hard to recover her international form of 12 months ago.

Lucky Number 7, November 22nd, 2010, by admin

Lucky Number 7

The Shuttlesport badminton academy hosted the ‘A’ ranking Shuttlesport Winter Invitational this past weekend. After plenty of hard work and dedication over the past few months the club were rewarded with 7 titles, several semi finalists & finalists, and a few more consolation wins added to the overall success. Clarence Liu playing in his first ‘A’ tournament played very well and put in a fine performance in winning the U12 Boys Doubles event. Alex Lim, who always seems to fare well on his home courts again had a successful tournament by winning the U16 Boys Singles & Mixed Doubles events. The final wins were particularly sweet for Alex as he had previously lost to both final opponents. Shuttlesport club won 4 of 5 of the U19 events. Leading the way was double winner Jacky Chan who won a hard fought singles final before teaming up with Alan Luk to defeat teammate Kevin Lim and partner James Ho(Surrey). Melinda Ng won the U19 Girl’s Singles event and without a doubt the most exciting match of the tournament was the U19 Mixed Doubles final where Kevin Lim and partner Helen Ip(Victoria) won the thrilling deciding game by a score of 28-26! All 4 players were literally shaking after the amazing final game that had the crowd oohing and aaaahing as the match came to a close. The only thing more successful than our juniors over the weekend was the cafeteria run by our legendary parents committee. Apparently the Teriyaki dogs belong in the hall of fame! See full results at tournament software and the results section.


  • U19BS – Jacky Chan

  • U19BD – Jacky Chan/Alan Luk

  • U19GS – Melinda Ng

  • U19XD – Kevin Lim/Partner

  • U16BS – Alex Lim

  • U16XD – Alex Lim/Partner

  • U12BD – Clarence Liu/Partner


  • U19BD – Kevin Lim/Partner

  • U16BD – Allan Ng/Bryan Ng

  • U19GD – Melinda Ng/Christie Wong

Semi Finals

  • U19BS – Newman Lam, Michael Moo

  • U19BD – Devon Louie/Partner

  • U19XD – Newman Lam/Adrienne Tan,

    Alan Luk/Carol Leung

  • U16BS – Allan Ng

  • U16BD – Alex Lim/Partner

Shuttlesport Winter Invitational Results!, November 22nd, 2010, by admin

The results for the Shuttlesport Winter Invatational are out! Check them out at tournamentsoftware! The tournament was a great success with many participants and well played games. The concession was also a huge hit! Click here for a full recap of the tournament!

BCAA Male and Female Players of the Week, October 30th, 2010, by admin

Darren Hong and Lynn Huang have both been listed as the BCAA players of the week.

Darren Hong

The BCCAA 2010-11 badminton season got off to a fantastic start for the Douglas Royals. Darren Hong has been named as team co-captain this season. Hong leads by example as was shown this past weekend at Capilano University. He played a big part in Douglas College’s unbeaten result in the team round robin competition. On Saturday Hong came out very strong and with his partners Wei Luo (Men’s Doubles) & Stephanie Ko (Mixed Doubles) went undefeated in both events. Hong was able to play the maximum number of matches this past weekend and finished with a 12-1 record overall. Hong has made a strong commitment to improve his strength & conditioning and the results showed this past weekend.

Lynn Huang

Huang is in her 3rd year at Douglas College continued to dominate the Women’s Singles event as was shown this past weekend at Capilano University. She also contributed in leading Douglas College to an unbeaten record the team round robin competition by winning all 5 of her matches. On Saturday there was no let up from her as she clinically went about her business and won the Women’s Singles event – her 9th BCCAA singles win in a row – and with her partner Melody Liang, won the Women’s Doubles event without losing a game. Huang played the maximum number of matches this past weekend and finished with a perfect 13-0 record overall. Huang is making a strong effort to improve her overall game as she recovers from a couple of injuries this past summer.

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Shuttlesport Duo Named To Commonwealth Games Team, September 19th, 2010, by admin

In her last international competition before retirement, Anna Rice (Vancouver, BC), Canada’s top-ranked female badminton player, ranked 29th in the world, will lead a very talented group of Canadian badminton players into Delhi, India in October for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Canadian team will face many of the world’s top badminton nations including Malaysia, England, Singapore and the hosts from India.

“I’m especially excited to welcome our badminton athletes to the Canadian team going to Delhi,” said Martha Deacon, Canada’s Chef de Mission. “Over the past ten years, as a leader in badminton nationally and internationally, I have had the privilege of watching each one of these athletes develop into world-class players. I’m sure the Commonwealth Games will be pivotal to their success.”

Kyle Hunter, Executive Director of Badminton Canada, added: “We are sending a top-notch team with a nice mix of both experience and youth. We know that players like Anna Rice and Jon Vandervet (Edmonton, AB) will provide great leadership to the younger players and as a group they’ll aim to perform at their highest level in both singles and doubles. On the women’s side, Badminton Canada would like to acknowledge the selflessness of veteran player and Olympian Milaine Cloutier for allowing her hard-earned spot on the team to be utilized by a younger deserving National Team athlete. It is this kind of sacrifice and camaraderie amongst our athletes that will bring our program to new levels of achievement.”

Athletes named by Badminton Canada to Team Canada for the 2010 Commonwealth Games were selected based on their ranking after several competitions across North America over the past six months. They include:

Anna Rice, 29, (Vancouver, BC), Women’s Singles, 2nd Commonwealth Games, 2-time Olympian
Michelle Li, 18, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Singles & Women’s Doubles 1st Commonwealth Games, silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games
Alexandra Bruce, 20, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games, silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games
Grace Gao, 20, (Calgary, AB), Mixed Doubles 1st Commonwealth Games
Joycelyn Ko, 24, (Toronto, ON), Women’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games

Alternate: Milaine Cloutier, 38, (Airdrie, AB), Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

David Snider, 22, (Winnipeg, MB), Men’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games
Alexander Pang, 22, (Calgary, AB), Men’s Singles, 1st Commonwealth Games
Alvin Lau, 25, (Vancouver, BC), Men’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games
Jon Vandervet, 28, (Edmonton, AB), Men’s Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games
Toby Ng, 24, (Calgary, AB), Mixed Doubles, 1st Commonwealth Games

Alternate: Joseph Rogers, 21, (Ottawa, ON), Men’s Singles

Ram Nayyar (Vancouver, BC)
Jeff White (Calgary, AB)

Alvin Lau and Melody Liang Win National Championships, September 19th, 2010, by admin

Alvin Lau continued his fantastic season by winning the 2010 Yonex National Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Alvin teamed with fellow Shuttlesport club mate John Vandervet to win a thrilling 3 set match by a score of 17-21, 21-13 and 22-20 over rivals Toby Ng and Adrian Liu. After losing a hard fought mixed doubles final to partner Vandervet, Alvin used his experience from previous championships to re-focus and play a strong match to win his first senior National title. Alvin and John teamed up in October last year and have been undefeated winning 2 National Grand Prix events and the National Championships. Up next for Alvin is the Seattle Open before teaming up again with John for a trip to Peru for the Thomas Cup qualifiers. Shuttlesport club mate Melody Liang also won her first National title at the 2010 Yonex National Championships. Melody with partner Xuelian were dominant throughout the Championships, winning the Women’s Doubles event without dropping a game.