Thanks to a recent win by Women’s Badminton player Victoria Duong, and other strong team results this season, the Conestoga Condors have moved ahead to seventh place in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) badminton rankings.
Duong, a first-year Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Audit and Information Technology student, finished the Fanshawe Falcons Badminton Invitational in November with a perfect 5-0 record. “I felt great after that competition,” said Duong. “I saw the results on Twitter and Facebook and was really happy.”
Duong has been playing badminton since she was 7 and said her interest in the sport was part of her decision to attend Conestoga. She played throughout high school and is also involved with the Ontario Badminton Association. The sport is so popular in her family that her sister plays at the college level for Humber; the two faced off at the first competition of the season.
“This year our team is really strong,” said Duong, who will represent the Condors at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) West Regional competition on February 3 and 4. Conestoga will host the competition so Duong will have the benefit of playing at home.
“I feel excited going into the Regionals and my team is expecting me to go the nationals. There’s some pressure knowing everyone is expecting me to do well, but when I get on the court I always feel calm.”
The 2017 CCAA Badminton National Championships will take place March 8 to 11 in Toronto.