Redeemer's Owen Kurvits finished in 4th place on March 1st at the 2013-2014 CCAA National Badminton Championships. Kurvits advanced to the CCAA Bronze Medal Match but fell to Humber College's Ryan Chow 2-0.
For the Royals, it was tied for their best finish's ever at a National Championship and it was their first appearance at a Championship in Badminton. Kurvits was in the running to secure Redeemer's first CCAA medal in the school's history but Chow was looking for payback from the OCAA Provincial Championship when Kurvits defeated him in the gold medal match.
Game scores were 21-18 and 21-13.
Kurvits advanced to the National Championships by winning Redeemer's first ever Gold medal at the Provincial Championships in February.
Kurvits moved on to the CCAA Bronze medal match after finishing 2-3 in the round robin portion of the event and in 4th place overall. Kurvits matched up against the #1 seed Lei Chen from Alberta in the semi final and was defeated 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) dropping Owen into the Bronze Medal Match.
Redeemer Royals head coach and OCAA Coach of the Year, Benno Kurvits commented, "We have no regrets. Owen played really well today. Ryan (Chow) just found a way to play better."
Redeemer's other top finish at a National Championship belongs to Cross Country runner Jakob VanDorp. VanDorp had a 4th place finish at the Cross Country National Championships.
The 2013-2014 CCAA Badminton Championships are being held in Alberta and hosted by NAIT College.
Full Standings, Schedules, and up to date Scores can be found at http://www.ccaa.ca/results-standings-s15585