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OWG Team Selected

January 10, 2018

 

 

The official selection is complete, and NOBA now has a contingency of athletes ready to compete at the Ontario Witner Games! Meet them all below!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWG Management Selected

October 25, 2017

The Ontario Winter Games is a special event that comes around every two years. The event pits each of the 7 badminton districts one against the other in the ultimate showdown of team competition. The tournament takes a team of 5 female and 5 male athletes plus 1 alternate to compete in a variety of singles, doubles and mixed doubles events to determine a victor in each district vs district match-up.

NOBA has just selected their OWG Team Coach and Manager, Jim Duff of Sudbury and Janet Parfitt of North Bay, respectively. Congratulations Jim and Janet! They will be selecting the NOBA athletes that will represent our district at the competition March 1-4 in Orillia. If you are interested in applying as an athlete, or are a coach that would like to nominate an athlete, please send an email to north.on.bad@gmail.com. The registration deadline is November 15th, 2017.

Learn some fun facts about our OWG Team Management below!

Name: Jim Duff
City: Sudbury

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles and Mixed

Favorite badminton player: Lucio Fabris

Reason you started playing badminton: In grade 7 I was asked to stay after school to set up the nets for the adult club and so it began...

Favorite badminton memory: Definitely coaching - toss up between watching the kids play in the last summer games or last year's provincial B finals!

Why are you excited to coach the NOBA team? NOBA teams are well known for their good sportsmanship, competitiveness, and true team atmosphere. I want to make sure that we continue with this tradition!

Name: Janet Parfitt
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Lynn Michel (Sudbury) - she is an amazing player who has earned gold medals in the Canadian and International Badminton Senior Championships.  I admire her focus, dedication to the game (she coached at the college level for years), Lynn plays with integrity, all of her heart and a wonderful smile!

Reason you started playing badminton: I loved the game!  I first played badminton in my grade 9 gym class.  I then went on to compete in our high school's district event in mixed that year, and we came in third.  After that, my best friend and I teamed up for doubles and won our district tournament for the next four years.  At Queen's I played for one year as the spare for the team. 

Favorite badminton memory: I have many.  I loved watching my kids compete in OFSAA, the Junior B's, and previous winter games, but I really cherish the times that I have had and still have, being on the court playing with and against them.  Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention all the laughter and fun I've had/have playing badminton with so many of my wonderful, badminton friends.

Why are you excited to coach the NOBA team? The games are a very special event where the kids and coaches/managers get to experience a spirit of unity as a team that heralds potentially from the far corners of our northern district, making friendships and memories that could not have occurred otherwise.  The game of badminton is a lifetime sport and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet the rest of our badminton family!!  The Ontario Winter Games is a competition that promotes the good qualities of sport such as fair play, enthusiasm and positive attitude!  All of these things make me excited and honored to be able to be a part of these games! 

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Name: Nicholas Babich
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Viktor Axelsen

Reason you started playing badminton: To be the best badminton player in school!

Favorite badminton memory: Earning a 3rd place in C division at OFSAA in 10th grade (doubles with Gab Pharand)

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? To be surrounded by a group of friends and to show that northern Ontario can keep up with the rest of the province!

Name: Bryanna Bielek
City: Timmins

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Michelle Li

Reason you started playing badminton: My family got me involved in the sport at a very young age and I’ve loved it ever since.

Favorite badminton memory: Having the opportunity to represent team Ontario at Les Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the NOBA team, to not only improve as a player but to have the chance to create incredible memories with a new group of people while enjoying a sport that we all love.

 

 

Name: Aaron Bujold
City: Fort Frances

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Singles

Favorite badminton player: Lin Dan

Reason you started playing badminton: My parents took us along to play on “Badminton Friday Fun Nights” at the local high school.

Favorite badminton memory: Winning the Winnipeg, MB. Jr. Open back to back in singles.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I am excited to represent Northern Ontario and to play with other talented athletes. It should be a great experience.

Name: Brady Fougère
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Viktor Axelsen

Reason you started playing badminton: I got into badminton through school, but it was my awesome friends who had pushed me to play competitively.

Favorite badminton memory: My favourite badminton memory was making it to the finals in NDA and qualifying for NOSSA with my partner.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I’m excited to be a part of the NOBA team because it will allow me to meet new and amazing athletes, learn new techniques, strategies and game play, as well as to form a closer bond between my teammates.

 

 

Name: Tess Hausenblas
City: Elliot Lake

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Mixed Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Lee Chong Wei

Reason you started playing badminton: Badminton runs in my family, as my brother and dad played it all the time, I started to enjoy the sport and train with them.

Favorite badminton memory: My favourite badminton memory would be making it to the finals last year for the junior b championship tournament with my mixed partner Cameron Duff.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I’m excited to be part of the NOBA team because I remember going two years ago and it was so much fun; I’m thankful to get this opportunity again. I’m also excited to spend time cheering on my team and to play some intense badminton.

Name: Benjamin Houle
City: Elliot Lake

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Singles

Favorite badminton player: Kevin Sanjaya

Reason you started playing badminton: I saw my dad play and instantly fell in love with the sport.

Favorite badminton memory: Being able to push my limits and win a junior B provincial tournament.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I am excited to be apart of the NOBA team because I am excited to meet other players from around the province and compete against them. This experience will give me the opportunity to enlarge my horizons and play with other athletes besides my brother.  

 

 

Name: Frédéric Houle
City: Elliot Lake

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Singles

Favorite badminton player: Viktor Axelsen

Reason you started playing badminton: My love for badminton started when I was 8 years old. My father would bring me with him at his club twice a week. At the beginning of the year, I would spend most of my time running around in the hallways with my brother. Over time, I became more and more interested in refining my skills.  

Favorite badminton memory: My favourite badminton memory has to be, in 2017 when I got to play at the Canadian Francophone Games in Moncton/ Dieppe, New Brunswick.  This experience was unforgettable. 

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? It will be a great opportunity to represent NOBA at the OWG.  Making the team gives me a great sense of accomplishment and I feel some satisfaction from having my hard work pay off .  I am looking forward to competing against some of the best players in Ontario and making new friends in the badminton community. 

 

Name: Dillon Laberge
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Singles

Favorite badminton player: Viktor Axelsen

Reason you started playing badminton: By way of observing and participating in my school’s intermural badminton I found the sport to be challenging and fun. I then joined a competitive badminton club to discover how exhilarating it was both physically and mentally. The disciplines and virtues of playing competitive badminton are assets that have served me well in other aspects of my life. I have never looked back to playing hockey and continue to strive to better my badminton skills.

Favorite badminton memory: OFSAA badminton 2017 Men's doubles as I was only 15 and in 10th grade.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I am very excited to be a part of the NOBA team! I'm thrilled to be a part of a team representing our sport and our northern communities with other skilled players from across the north. I am eager to cheer for my peers, partner and teammates while off and on the badminton court. I am very proud of our sport and Northern Ontario. I consider this to be a milestone in my life and an experience I know that I will never forget.

 

Name: Ellen Perry
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Nozomi Okuhara

Reason you started playing badminton: My dad, my grandmother, grandfather all played and so we could spend time together

Favorite badminton memory: My Pappa Bert teaching me how to serve doing an around the gym serving drill.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? To play and have fun with friends I have made throughout the North.

Name: Kalie Rheault
City: Sudbury

Badminton Handedness: Left

Prefers: Singles and Doubles

Favorite badminton player: Michelle Li

Reason you started playing badminton: My father played at a young age and to this day he still continues playing and coaching. He passed on his love for the sport to me and my siblings.

Favorite badminton memory: My favourite memory would have to be able to go to OFSAA  with my sister for doubles when I was in 10th grade and going to OFSAA for singles in grade 11. 

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I am excited since it is a great experience to be able to go to the Ontario Winter Games. Also, it would give me the opportunity to spend time with my teammates and coaches to get to know them better. These games will also help me improve my badminton skills all the while playing some amazing games. 

Name: Cierra St. Germain
City: Sudbury

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Singles

Favorite badminton player: Michelle Li

Reason you started playing badminton: Wanted a new challenge.

Favorite badminton memory: Winning gold at NOSSA.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? Excited to meet new people and experience a higher level of competition.

 

 

Name: Jessie Zhou
City: North Bay

Badminton Handedness: Right

Prefers: Doubles

Favorite badminton player: N/A

Reason you started playing badminton: I started playing badminton because of my dad. 

Favorite badminton memory: When I played my first NOBA championships tournament in Sudbury.

Why are you excited to be a part of the NOBA team? I am excited to be a part of the NOBA team because it's going to be my first time playing in the Winter Games and because it sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun being and playing with the team.