While it’s not an aviary, birdies will still be flying this Sunday at Olds College as the Broncos are set to host the second regional ACAC badminton tournament of the season.
Broncos head coach Mary Smith is looking forward to this weekend’s event, noting that the team has taken a turn for the better since the year’s first tournament in November.
“The team has improved a considerable amount this year, especially because we only have three veteran players, and the other athletes have only played high school badminton with no coaching,” says Smith. “I’m happy with the technique, skills, and strategy development on the team.”
Smith says that the teams went through some mental lapses at the first tournament of the year in Edmonton, which is a big reason for the Broncos not fulfilling their full potential early on.
Kaitlyn Dougan, a second year athlete from Strathmore, says that the key to success on Sunday will be for every team to execute what has been taught this season in practice.
“We just need to work hard and do the best we can,” says Dougan. “Hopefully we can use the techniques we have practiced and focus on winning one point at a time.
“I’m just going to try to stay focused and be positive; it’s just a game after all.”
This tournament won’t be veteran Morgan Lavallee’s first rodeo. The longest standing Broncos badminton player, in his third year, knows what to expect come the weekend and says it will be a good stepping stone and learning experience for the team.
“We have to have a positive attitude and remember that losing isn’t the end of the world,” says Lavallee. “Losing now wouldn’t be as tough as losing in, say, a semi-final in provincials, we just can’t be intimidated.”
Action will get underway at 10 A.M., with Broncos athletes in action in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles categories.
The draw will be posted upon release from the ACAC.