Redeemer Badminton Star Primed to Reach Podium in 2015

Peter Reid

The OCAA Badminton Regional Championships are less than 3 weeks away, and it looks like Redeemer's Owen Kurvits is in fine form in preparation to defend his 2014 OCAA Provincial Championship. This past Saturday, Kurvits captured his 2nd men's singles title in as many weeks as he outlasted the competition at the St. Clair College Invitational Tournament. The previous week, Kurvits reached the top of the podium at the Centennial College Invitational.

Kurvits is the defending OCAA Provincial Champion in Men's Singles, and Redeemer will be hoping for another podium finish for the Royals’ badminton program in 2015. Standing in his way will be the top College badminton players in the province.

So far this season, Kurvits has made 4 consecutive men's singles finals. At the Humber College invitational, Kurvits lost to Humber's Adam Dong for a 2nd place finish. Dong also got the better of Kurvits the following tournament at Fanshawe College where the two of them once again met in the finals.

Last weekend at Centennial College, Kurvits faced Humber's Ryan Chow in the semis in a rematch of last year’s OCAA Gold Medal Match and CCAA Bronze medal match. Humber's Adam Dong did not compete in Men's Singles. Kurvits came out on top in the semi and continued on to defeat Seneca's Milan Kkharel in the final for his first Championship title of the season.

On Saturday, Owen made his way back to the finals in the St. Clair College Open Tournament and defeated Sean Irving (Cedar Springs/Georgian College) in the final. Irving and Kurvits went the distance 9-21, 22-20, 21-19.

Overall, Redeemer's Badminton program had a win-loss record of 23-16. Kurvits went 8-2 over the 2 days in Men's Singles and Men's Doubles. Julie Koopmans finished the weekend with a 6-2 record, winning the Women's Singles consolation event and also winning the Ladies Doubles 'C' event with Robyn Bennett. Bennett went 3-1, playing just Ladies Doubles on the Saturday with Koopmans. 

Redeemer's Head Coach, Benno Kurvits, commented on the weekend, saying, "We had another good tournament. Everyone played hard and supported each other when they were not playing. We have a few specific details that we will continue to work on in practice."

 Owen Kurvits slaying the badminton scene.

Owen Kurvits slaying the badminton scene.

Looking ahead to the Regional Championships, "It is now time for a brief rest and focus on the 3 weeks of preparation for our Regional Championships", mentioned Kurvits. "We have a good idea now of what the competition will be and now our focus needs to shift to qualifying for the Provincial Championships."

The 2015 OCAA West Regional Championships are being hosted by Humber College on February 6-7, 2015.

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists from each discipline coming out of the West & East Regional Championships will meet in the OCAA Provincial Championships on February 20-21, 2015 at Fanshawe College in London, ON

St. Clair Open Results

WS - Julie Koopmans (3-1), Tanya Couperus (1-1)

MS - Owen Kurvits (5-0), Jeremy Stevens (1-1), Kaleb Antonides (1-1), Andrew Patterson-Leclerc (1-2)

WD - Julie Koopmans/Robyn Bennett (3-1), Carla Hogan/Rachel Buys (2-2), Tanya Couperus/Dana Bennett (2-3)

MD - Jeremy Stevens/Owen Kurvits (3-2), Andrew Patteson-Leclerc/Kaleb Antonides (1-2)