As spring sports begin, Northern, St. Pats, and St Clair high schools come together for an exhibition tournament. Teams of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles of various skill levels, compete in a friendly match of badminton to prepare themselves for LKSSAA next week.
Badminton is a sport that requires a racquet, a shuttlecock (commonly known as a “birdie”), and at least two participants. The shuttlecock is to be hit back and forth between racquets until one opponent fails to do so or when a fault, such as interference, is called. Badminton was developed in the mid-19th century by the British, but shuttlecock games have been played for centuries across Eurasia (the combination of landmass between Europe and Asia). The Badminton World Federation or BWF was created in 1934 with England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand as its founding members, but was later joined by India in 1936.
With all the high schools in the Sarnia area participating in the exhibition games, players are able to practice for their upcoming LKSSAA tournament that’s to be taken place next week.
I had asked a couple of students as to what they thought of badminton and the exhibition games. Sarah Bate, a Northern student in grade 12, said that she liked the tournaments because “it’s a great way to play sports, while handing out with friends.” Tori-Ann Miller, a grade 11 student at St Clair, thinks that badminton is a very competitive sport, when you play opponents of various skills and that the exhibition tournaments were a great idea to practice for LKSSAA that is just around the corner.