Langara badminton team confident before this weekend’s provincial championship

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Photo: Niall Shannon
Photo: Niall Shannon

The Langara Falcons badminton team is training hard for the upcoming provincial tournament in Chilliwack this weekend.

Having taken second place in the last tournament in January, the team is confident in playing well and bringing some trophies back to Langara.

One of the lead players, Ashley Jang, is in a positive mindset, saying, “We all really help each other get motivated and confident; we know how to take constructive criticism and to work together.”

Building on strengths 

Jang looked in good form during a late night practice last Wednesday, and has performed well in the mixed doubles with partner Matt Downton despite recovering from an ACL injury.

“I just want Matt and I to play our best and play our heart out, get to the nationals and bring back the banner for Langara,” said Jang.

Meanwhile mixed doubles partner Downton worked on his smash alongside team mate Eric Chiu.

“We’re really focusing on our training, we want to mix it up in the tournament,” Downton said.

Talking about the team’s strengths, head coach Marc Petreman said the fitness, team-bonding and overall talent of the team were good, but that the team needs to work on its confidence.

“In my opinion, they could easily be second, if not first, when they get that confidence in playing together.”

Going for silver

Petreman has taken the Falcons from fourth to having a solid shot at second place.

Starting on Saturday, the provincial tournament will provide a chance for the Falcons to go against their long-time rivals Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles.

The Falcons won’t be going for gold at the tournament, as the Douglas College badminton team, the Royals, have such an enourmous lead in points that closing the gap will be impossible in tournament play.

Reported by Niall Shannon

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