GBC badminton wins two silver medals at nationals

Huskies ended their season with a total of seven medals

Huskies badminton players brought home some silverware from the CCAA National Championship in Nova Scotia.

George Brown College (GBC) walked away with two silver medals which went to women’s singles player Anh Hoang and mixed doubles duo Mika Ra and Angeline Alviar.

“Overall, it was fantastic,” said head varsity badminton coach William Schram on the matches.

Hoang scored 5-1 in round-robin and semi-final play before losing in two sets (21-16, 21-12) to NAIT’s Eyota Kwan in the finals.

This was Hoang’s second year in a row winning CCAA silver.

Ra and Alviar were 5-1 before losing a gold medal match in two sets (21-6, 21-11) to siblings Desmond and Takeisha Wang from Concordia University of Edmonton.

The Wangs are the first siblings in CCAA history to be named men’s and women’s Player of the Year awards in the same year.

This was Ra’s second year placing at the CCAA champtionship after claiming the bronze medal in mixed doubles with Amy Ding in 2018.

Reigning national silver medalist, Ace Zeng, placed fourth in the men’s singles competition losing the bronze medal match in two sets (15-21, 13-21) to Narayan Ramdhani of The King’s University.

Eric Kern and Alex Chao, battled for bronze in men’s doubles taking Arpit Taneja and Ayubu Touray from Humber College to three sets (21-15, 16-21, 21-15) before conceding.

“Our goals this year were to get a gold at nationals, and to repeat our banners. This year we were able to repeat winning the provincial banners two years in a row, which was great,” Schram.

“We fell just short of getting a gold medal, but we did get two silver national medals which is still excellent.” he added. “Our goal next year would be (to) match this year, if not do better at nationals.”

GBC players went a combined 18-6 on March 7 and 8, and 0-4 on the final day of play and earned a total of two national and five provincial medals this season.

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GBC badminton wins two silver medals at nationals