SUDBURY – Cambrian College is embracing new athletes and welcoming back a former sport.
Today, Cambrian College announced the return of badminton as a varsity sport for the 2019/20 season. The Golden Shield last fielded a badminton team three years ago.
“As a former badminton athlete and coach, it means a lot to see this sport return to Cambrian,” says Tim Yu, Cambrian’s Athletics Manager, who won two gold medals and one silver in men’s doubles badminton during his playing days at Cambrian. “It is a unique sport that offers a lot of opportunity for our players to get into the action. We were a powerhouse in this sport, and we look forward to building a successful team again.”
From 1969 to 2016, the Cambrian College badminton team dominated the courts, winning 10 provincial overall team titles, including seven in a row between 1999 and 2006. The Golden Shield badminton team also captured provincial titles in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, and national titles in men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles, making it Cambrian’s most successful varsity sport.
“We know that varsity athletics is an important factor that many students consider before choosing a college, so we’re very happy to be expanding our roster of teams to make Cambrian that much more attractive to potential students,” adds Bill Best, Cambrian’s President.
The new Golden Shield badminton team will be led by Jim Duff. Duff is a coach with the Sudbury Junior Badminton Club and two high school teams in Greater Sudbury. He also coached Team Northern Ontario at the Ontario Winter Games.
Cambrian College also announced the signings of new athletes and coaches to its existing soccer, volleyball, and cross-country running teams. The new athletes joining the Golden Shield this September come from across Ontario.
“Welcome to our new athletes and coaches who will be suiting up for the Golden Shield,” says Alison De Luisa, Cambrian’s Associate Vice-President of Human Resources and Student Services. “I want to thank the athletes for choosing Cambrian as their place to study and play, and our entire team of coaches for their dedication and passion for varsity sports.”
For more information on Cambrian College Golden Shield athletics, visit cambrianinternational.ca/athletics.
Newest members of the Cambrian College Golden Shield varsity teams (front row, left to right) Keenan Rocca, soccer (Sudbury), Andrew Prince, soccer (Sudbury), Kasia Brufatto, soccer (Alliston) Back row (left to right): Leigh Hayward, soccer (Acton), Quinn Eggleton, soccer (New Lowell), Hailey Selk, volleyball (Sudbury), Katie Albert, volleyball (Elliot Lake), Jordan Phillips, volleyball (Barrie), Sarah Ramage, volleyball (Guelph) Not pictured: Aisha Warren, volleyball (Ajax)
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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit www.cambrianinternational.ca
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