They say 2/3 ain't bad. That must mean 3/4 is pretty dang good. So dang good in fact that Olds College badminton player Kaitlyn Dougan has qualified for the 2017-18 CCAA National Badminton Championship to be played in Edmonton later this month.
The qualification comes after a solid weekend for Dougan at the ACAC Championship hosted at Kings University in Edmonton. Dougan, who competed in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the tournament, had her best showing in her singles matches on Sunday. Dougan won three out of her four games including a nail-biting three setter (21-15, 16-21, 21-17) to claim first place in the B side bracket.
“I feel honoured, grateful and excited to be able to represent Olds College and the ACAC,” says Dougan, who will compete in Edmonton at Concordia University February 28-March 3. “To reach a level where I’m able to compete with the top college athletes and to be part of the entire CCAA national environment is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Mary Smith, head coach of the Broncos badminton team, says she is thrilled to have an athlete from the team representing Olds.
“There are almost no words to express how excited and proud I am that Kaitlyn will be representing the Olds College Broncos and the ACAC conference at the championships.”
Dougan is currently in her second and final year of the Land and Water Resources program at Olds College, and would have likely been playing her final collegiate match for Olds if not for Sunday’s victory.
Smith says that Dougan’s path to nationals was paved through a season of hard work, dedication and relentless practicing.
“She was calm, cheerful and purposeful on the court,” says Smith. “Her calm demeanor and dedication at the tournament reflects her entire season of training with the Broncos badminton team.”
- Brendan Stasiewich, Olds College Broncos Sports Information