Sioux Lookout badminton club introduced for all ages, skill levels
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
On July 18, Aaron Murray posted an announcement on Facebook, which introduced his official Badminton Club that is coming to Sioux Lookout. Murray explained that the idea had been building up for two years.
“The idea has been two years in the making through Matt Gain, who is the high school badminton coach. He started hosting a Monday night club at the high school and over the last couple years the popularity has grown quite a bit,” explained Murray.
From making a couple phone calls, Murray ensured that the club could cater to those looking to take their badminton game to the next level. Members will be able to compete in tournaments while having an official club affiliation.
“Through contacting the Manitoba Badminton Association, community members can compete competitively at the Rural Badminton Series in Manitoba. Small town badminton clubs host tournaments, so now members of our club that want to compete will be affiliated under an official badminton club,” he explained.
Murray is also encouraging kids to start learning and playing the game at a younger age instead of waiting until high school to be exposed. Through playing in the provincial circuit in the GTA area, Murray found that students looking to prepare for high school badminton benefitted from starting the game at earlier ages like around grades five or six.
“When we were in grade nine, we had already been playing for a few years so it wasn’t as new to me as kids now where they’re mostly not exposed until grade nine,” said Murray.
Murray made it clear that the club is going to be available for all age groups and talent levels, but he’s going to offer different programs for different skill levels.
“The plan is to offer different programs in the club. We’ll continue the Monday nights as a drop-in play and then we’re planning on having two other days a week. One will be a beginner’s night where you play with other people who are new to the game and you’re in an environment where you learn the game together. On a weekend morning we’re going to offer drills and high-performance training for those who want to compete,” explained Murray.
“The idea of the club is to try and reach out to all skill levels, whether you want to learn a new sport or you want to compete in a provincial tournament in Manitoba,” he continued.
Anyone that may wish to join can check the Sioux Lookout Badminton Club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/siouxbadminton/. Registrations started at the beginning of August.
“Anyone that registers before September 1 will get the first six months free. The registration is expected to include a small annual fee of somewhere between $30-$50, which covers court costs, coaching clinics and other things,” Murray concluded.