2015 PACWEST Badminton Provincial team winners Langara College Falcons, individuals from all schools qualify for CCAA Nationals

Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Metro Vancouver…..The KPU Eagles welcomed the Langara College Falcons and the VIU Mariners to the Eagles Nest in Surrey, BC for the 2015 PACWEST Badminton Provincials held February 14th and 15th.  The first day of competition determined the team champions for the PACWEST, while the second day’s individual events determined representatives for the PACWEST at the 2015 CCAA Badminton Nationals held in Halifax, NS, hosted by the University of King’s College Blue Devils (ACAA). All three PACWEST schools will have representation in Halifax when Nationals take place March 4th to 7th.

The Langara College Falcons were crowned the 2015 PACWEST champions on Saturday with a total of 949 points accumulated over three regular season tournaments. The VIU Mariners earned silver with 869 points while KPU finished at 736 points for the bronze.

“Coming into today, we knew it was going to be a real battle as we were holding a real slim lead after tournament two. There were some surprises and some close matches the entire day,” stated Langara’s head coach Mark Petreman, “Overall I think I was really happy with the commitment and improvement of all my team players and we learned how important it was to have depth on our bench. Overall the tournament was run well, it was exciting badminton, and I thought the level of competition of the teams was really strong.”


2015 PACWEST Badminton Team Champions, the Langara College Falcons

Sunday’s individual events brought a high level of competition and intensity to the Eagles’ Nest as players battled hard in women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

  • 2015 PACWEST Champions and 2015 CCAA Badminton Nationals participants:
  • Women’s Singles – Willine Kwee, KPU Eagles (photo inset)
    Eagles second-year Kwee, Richmond, BC defeated Falcons first-year Jacinda Yeung, Hong Kong (G1: 24-22, G: 2 15-21, G:3 22-20) and Mariners’ first-year Helen Cheung, Winnipeg, MB (G1: 21-15, G2: 21-9).
  • Men’s Singles – Matthew Chan, Langara College Falcons
    Falcons third-year Chan, Calgary, AB defeated Mariners first-year Connor Powell, Calgary, AB (G1: 21-8, G2: 21-12) and Eagles third-year Lawson Chan, Surrey, BC (G1: 21-12, G2: 21-10).
  • Women’s Doubles – Rosalynn Chong & Veronica Yeung, KPU Eagles
    KPU’s third-year Chong, Vancouver, BC and second-year Yeung, Vancouver, BC defeated VIU’s second-year Darby Walker, Nanaimo, BC and fourth-year Lucy Bonar, Nanaimo, BC (G1: 21-8, 21-9), and Falcons first-year’s Jamie Shum and Karina Shum, both from Vancouver, BC (G1: 22-20, G2: 16-21, 21-19).
  • Men’s Doubles – Eric Chiu & Imran Wadia, Langara College Falcons
    Langara’s Chiu, Richmond, BC and Wadia, Calgary, AB defeated VIU’s first-year Bryan Liew, Winnipeg, MB and second-year Thomas Spencer, Slave Lake, AB (G1: 21-11, G2: 21-12) and KPU’s third-year Bradley Low, Vancouver, BC and Ethan (Tin) Bui, Surrey, BC (G1: 21-11, G2: 21-19)
  • Mixed Doubles – Melissa Liuw & Greydon Robb, VIU Mariners
    Mariners’ third-year Liuw, Winnipeg, MB and Robb, Calgary, AB defeated Falcons second-year Michelle Hang, Vancouver, BC and first-year Angus Li, Vancouver, BC,  21-9 and 21-10.


2015 PACWEST Badminton Champions with representation from all three institutions

Full 2015 PACWEST Provincial Medal Winners:

  • PACWEST Team:
    Gold – Langara College Falcons
    Silver – VIU Mariners
    Bronze – KPU Eagles
  • Women’s Singles:
    Gold – Willine Kwee, KPU Eagles
    Silver – Jacinda Yeung, Langara College Falcons
    Bronze – Helen Cheung, VIU Mariners
  • Men’s Singles
    Gold - Matthew Chan, Langara College Falcons
    Silver – Lawson Chan, KPU Eagles
    Bronze – Connor Powell, VIU Mariners
  • Women’s Doubles:
    Gold – Rosalynn Chong & Veronica Yeung, KPU Eagles
    Silver – Jamie Shum & Karina Shum, Langara College Falcons
    Bronze – Lucy Bonar & Darby Walker, VIU Mariners
  • Men’s Doubles:
    Gold - Eric Chiu & Imran Wadia, Langara College Falcons
    Silver – Bradley Low & Ethan (Tin) Bui, KPU Eagles
    Bronze – Bryan Liew & Thomas Spencer, VIU Mariners
  • Mixed Doubles:
    Gold – Melissa Liew & Graydon Robb, VIU Mariners
    Silver – Michelle Hang & Angus Li, Langara College Falcons

"On behalf of KPU and the Eagles, I would like to congratulate each and every athlete and coach who came to our gym and gave everything they had this weekend.," stated KPU Eagles director of athletics and recreation David Kent, "We saw tremendous heart and skill on the court today and we wish all the best to our PACWEST athletes as they represent our conference at the 2015 CCAA Nationals."

For more information on the 2015 CCAA Badminton National Championships in Halifax, NS, please visit: http://www.ccaa.ca/national-championship-s15075.

Photo Credit: Tree Frog Imaging

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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC.  The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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