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SaskTel maxTV Local on Demand – SHSAA Badminton Provincial Championships

SaskTel maxTV Local on Demand – SHSAA Badminton Provincial Championships


♪ ♪ ♪ (JANNA WALKER)
The event that we’re at is the 2019 Provincial Badminton
Championships and we are at the Swift Current
Comprehensive High School. The participants in this
competition are 64 athletes from across the province,
ranging from grades 9 to 12. Badminton is one of the
few SHSA activities that have 4 levels of playoffs. So they are Sectionals,
Districts, Regionals, and then Provincials. So, an athlete to make it to
this level, it’s no easy feat. Badminton is a sport
where we play with a bird, a racquet, and a net. You can play with
two to four players. Basically you’re gonna hit the
bird over the net back and forth until one opponent successfully puts the bird in the
opponent’s court. You can also win a point if you
fail to hit the bird over the net or hit
the bird out of bounds. Badminton is a unique sport
because it is a lifelong sport. So you can play at any age. In Swift Current, we have
a Badminton Club here and often times we’ll have
families on one court with young children and then
former SCCHS athletes on the other court playing
a competitive game. So it’s a sport that you can
play all through your life. ♪ ♪ ♪ (LYLE MCKELLAR)
The role of the Saskatchewan High School Athletics
Association is to administer school sport
opportunities on behalf of the School Boards
of Saskatchewan. And so our role is to deal
with student eligibility, team formation, team
registration, and we assist the host sites in the hosting of the
Provincial Championships. Through our championships,
I think one of the goals that we have, as an association, is
to just provide a learning opportunity to our student
athletes, that extends beyond the classroom and through
their participation in school sport and because of
the competitive nature of school sport, there’s all
kinds of those personal development skills that
get developed along the way. The association runs on the
back of many, many volunteers and today’s championship
in Swift Current is a perfect example of that. Commissioner Janna Walker
has put together a group of individuals including
some of her own team members, staff members from Swift
Current, even community members that are here, helping out
running the event which includes everything from team and athlete
registration areas, to putting on a complimentary
breakfast in the morning, to the officiating aspect, score
keeping, medal presentations, opening ceremonies,
and the whole bit. And as I said it’s all run
through volunteer efforts and so we are so appreciative
of that at our badminton championships and all of
our other championships that are run across the province. ♪ ♪ ♪ (JANNA)
Events like this are an opportunity for athletes
to learn through sport. They learn sportsmanship. They learn how to be modest in
victory and courteous in defeat. They also have the
opportunity to mingle and meet other athletes from across the
province and above all, it gives them an opportunity to have
fun playing at an elite level. (LUKE FENNIG)
Yeah, I put in many hours of training. I’ve been to the
school, at our school in the mornings, after school
just practicing, getting ready. It’s a tough competition here, like it’s pretty
tough to get here. Everybody is
really good here, so. (LAURENT FOUNTAINE)
I’ve watched him all season this season and I’ve seen
more emotion you know. A bad call or a bad shot
and just see him shut it down and go yup, I’ve got it,
but now i’m gonna shut it down, reset, new
game, new point. That’s just what I,
that’s what I preach. It’s just for the
fun of the game. It’s not always
for the acolytes. ♪ ♪ ♪ (VOICEOVER) If you have
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