Kwee & Low KPU Eagles/Sheraton Guildford Vancouver Athletes of the Week', week ending Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Metro Vancouver.....The KPU Eagles are proud to announce their Sheraton Vancouver Guildford 'Athletes of the Week' for the week ending Sunday, February 15, 2015 as Willine Kwee, Richmond, BC, of women’s badminton and Bradley Low, Surrey, BC of men's badminton.

Kwee, defeated Langara College Falcons first-year Jacinda Yeung, Hong Kong (G1: 24-22, G2: 15-21, G3: 22-20) and Mariners’ first-year Helen Cheung, Winnipeg, MB (G1: 21-15, G2: 21-9) to win 2015 PACWEST provincial gold and advance to the CCAA Badminton Nationals in Halifax, NS.

The second-year KPU business student started off strong with Yeung and led in the second game until a misstep on the court caused Kwee to have to adjust her game. Kwee would lose the second game but fought hard and came back to clinch the third game and overall set, before she dispatched Cheung in two quick games. This will be Kwee’s second consecutive CCAA Nationals appearance, but the first in women’s singles. Last year in the 2014 Championships in Edmonton, AB Kwee competed in women’s doubles.

“Willine is a fighter. Even when she is down during a game, she has great control and discipline to stay focused to get the job done,” said Eagles head coach Morgan van Heukelom, “She played an unbelievable game against Jacinda. She came through in a very hard-fought three games and we are very proud that she will be representing KPU at Nationals.”

Kwee has also been awarded the 'PACWEST Athlete of the Week' for the week ending February 15, 2015.

Badminton Bradley Low 14/15
Low, a third-year veteran of the men’s badminton team is a dedicated and hard-working student-athlete whose commitment and improvement in his sport is highly admired by his team and coaches. This past weekend at the 2015 PACWEST badminton provincials hosted by the KPU Eagles, Low and his men’s double’s partner Ethan Bui, Surrey, BC earned a silver medal, narrowly missing a berth to the CCAA Nationals. No stranger to Nationals, Low competed in mixed doubles in his first year as an Eagle.

Low is a well-rounded and versatile player whose athleticism and skill makes him easily adaptable to play singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Eagles head coach Morgan van Heukelom is extremely pleased with how Low’s game has developed over his time as an Eagle, “Bradley has played very well, and is my ‘go-to’ guy. I can put him in any pair or singles situation in which we need a strong male player,” said Coach van Heukelom, “He has grown and matured a lot as a player during his time with us, he is an exceptional role model for our players, he never misses a practice and always gives us 110% in all he does. We are very proud of his hard work and sets an incredible example for our program and the league.”

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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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