Striving for intermediate Badminton Gold

By Neil Becker Sports News While winning badminton gold is always a huge thrill, you can bet that it had special significance for the dynamic I.L. Thomas doubles duel of Shelby Miller and Kaitlyn Stewart. In what was an exhibition of resiliency, these two athletes who usually compete against one another in school sports teamed up for the second straight Intermediate Six Nations school tournament, and this time accomplished that ultimate goal of striking gold in Girls Doubles play. “We won only one game last year,” Miller said with a laugh. When asked about what made them such a tough team to play against Stewart never hesitated before replying, “She can spike really good and has a hard back hand.” Reflecting on teaming up for a second straight tournament Miller said, “Last year we did bad and we thought that we would try again.” Judging from those gold medals and big smiles, it’s safe to say that it was definitely mission accomplished for this dynamic duel. Meanwhile in the Boys Doubles division, it was that hard hitting JC Hill team of Deeland Martin and Zachary Johnson getting presented with gold medals. “Exciting,” is the word Martin used in describing what he was feeling after match point. “I like smashing it and getting it over the net.” Johnson, who was all smiles, also said his favourite part of badminton was “smashing” the birdie. I.L. Thomas school would find themselves on the winning board as Keyara Jocobs and Treyden LaForme made a statement by going undefeated and winning Girls Doubles gold. “It feels pretty good,” Jacobs said. Echoing those thoughts was LaForme, who showed tremendous heart and determination by not giving up on a single shot. “It’s just for fun and I just like to play,” LaForme said. Experiencing the thrill of capturing her first ever badminton gold was LSK student Dayna Sault who showed some true compassion after winning in Girls Singles division. “I’m very happy but sad for my friend,” she said. When asked about the highlight Sault showed her sense of humour by replying, “Having a day off school.” Winning boys’ singles gold was LSK’s Steven LaForme, who was very humble upon receiving another gold medal. “I think this is the third year in a row,” LaForme said about winning. “It’s always fun to come here and play. I like spiking it.” Playing a huge role in making this event happen was one of the coordinators and OMSK teacher Sarah Desmond who commented “There was great sportsmanship and such polite students and everyone had a good time which was great to see.”

By Neil Becker Sports News While winning badminton gold is always a huge thrill, you can bet that it had special significance for the dynamic I.L. Thomas doubles duel of Shelby Miller and Kaitlyn Stewart. In what was an exhibition of resiliency, these two athletes who usually compete against one another in school sports teamed up for the second straight Intermediate Six Nations school tournament, and this time accomplished that ultimate goal of striking gold in Girls Doubles play. “We won only one game last year,” Miller said with a laugh. When asked about what made them such a tough team to play against Stewart never hesitated before replying, “She can spike really good and has a hard back hand.” Reflecting on teaming up for a second straight tournament Miller…

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