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AKCS badminton players prepare for divisionals in Cochrane

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:38 am

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With its new school building still under construction, the athletic teams at the Airdrie Koinonia Christian School have been using different ways to get themselves ready for events.

When it comes to the school’s badminton team that means rounding everybody up four days a week at Genesis Place for hour-long sessions on the basketball court.

“It’s been a little bit hectic at times, especially here in the last three weeks,” AKCS Coach Jonathan Wong said. “All of our physical education activities have taken place at Genesis Place during the school year and our basketball and volleyball teams also came here to practice.”

“Our sessions are always for an hour after school, and it’s actually been not too bad for us given the circumstances,” he added.

Wong, who is joined on his coaching staff by Quoe Quash, has been helping to prepare the school’s badminton players for the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) divisional championships in Cochrane, which will take place on April 5.

“We have been working on a variety of different things with the players,” Wong said. “Whether it’s their serving techniques, their smashes, or their movement on the court, we just want to make them better badminton players.”

One of the biggest challenges that the players will face at the RVSA event will be the fact that they will be squaring off with many of their opponents for the first time, which is something that Grade 10 doubles partners Justin Cainbridge and Sam Schuetz have been preparing for.

“There are some guys that I played against last year that I will see again, along with some guys that Justin saw last year as well when he was going to George McDougall,” Schuetz said.

“But there will be a lot of new faces that we will have to try and figure out how to beat pretty quickly.”

“In the first few points of a match, you are just looking to try and find the opponents tendencies out on the court,” Cainbridge added. “Once you know what they like to do, you can just play to your strengths and try to put the bird in the right spot.”

While the exact number of students that will represent AKCS was still being finalized as of press time, Wong is hoping that those who will be going in Cochrane will gain some valuable experience.

“One of our main goals is to go up against other athletes from different schools and to match their skill levels against different schools,” Wong said.

“It will be a lot different than when you go against your fellow classmates in a practice session, so I think we are all looking forward to it.”


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