Local badminton club seeks new players

If you are interested in playing the fastest of all racquet sports, come to the Grand Forks Secondary School gym on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 8 p.m.

Jacquie Wilson (left) and Helen Rennie (right) of the Grand Forks Badminton Club

Jacquie Wilson (left) and Helen Rennie (right) of the Grand Forks Badminton Club

The Grand Forks Badminton Club plays at Grand Forks Secondary School gym on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 until 10 p.m.

The club welcomes new players to participate in this challenging, fast-paced sport. To cover the cost of birds, a drop-in fee of $2 per player is required to a maximum of $15 per half-season.

Why not dust off your racquet and get fit while having fun playing badminton? This is not backyard badminton but a strategic, sometimes competitive, exciting sport.

Badminton is the fastest of all the racquet sports and the fastest smash – by Great Britain’s Simon Archer – was recorded at 265 kilometres per hour. The sport is gaining popularity throughout the world and finds followers in every age group.

At the recent 2011 BC Seniors’ Games held in Castlegar, two Grand Forks badminton players, Helen Rennie and Jacquie Wilson, participated and succeeded in bringing home a total of five medals. Helen teamed up with Daryl Bissell of Vancouver Island to win the gold medal in competitive mixed doubles in the 65-69 age group.

Daryl went on to compete in the World Badminton Seniors’ Championship in Richmond, B.C. and won the men’s single event in his age group.

Helen also won a silver medal in ladies doubles with Jacquie Wilson. Jacquie also brought home a silver medal in competitive ladies singles in the 70-74 age group and teamed with Roger Kerby of Nelson to win the gold medal in mixed doubles competitive, 70-74.

– Submitted by Jacquie Wilson