Meet the CCAA badminton Athletes of the Month for January.
The CCAA Athlete of the Month program recognizes student-athletes for their outstanding event performance and athletic accomplishments during that month.
The distinction is bestowed upon one male and one female student-athlete in four participating CCAA member conferences; Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA).
Melissa Liew VIU Mariners PACWEST
Liew followed up her silver medal at the 2013 CCAA Badminton National Championships by placing second in women’s singles in both PACWEST tournaments. She has a VIU president's academic athletic scholarship, volunteers in local badminton clinics, and is a finalist for the Nanaimo Sports Achievement Awards, held in February 2014.
Matthew Chan Langara Falcons PACWEST
This rookie has racked up a 15-1 record, making him one of the top men's singles players in PACWEST. He overcame more experienced opponents to take the men's singles title at the first PACWEST event of the season. He went undefeated, and as a result the Langara Falcons earned a first place team finish, breaking the Douglas Royals' 8-year winning streak and putting them at the pinacle of the CCAA national rankings.
Andy Ko NAIT Ooks ACAC
The team co-captain has had several top-5 finishes competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles this season, and is looking forward to both the ACAC championship and the 2014 CCAA Badminton National Championship. Not only is NAIT hosting, but he hopes to improve on last year's bronze medal earned in men's doubles.
Yang Sun NAIT Ooks ACAC
Yang is in her fifth and final year at NAIT. After working with badminton staff as part of the CCAA Female Apprenticeship Coach Program last season, Yang returned to continue her studies and build on her impressive CCAA national championship medal count; she already has one gold, two silver and one bronze. "I would love to finish my time at NAIT with another championship," says Sun.
Owen Kurvits Redeemer Royals OCAA
This rookie has exploded onto the scene and established himself as a top-ranked singles player in Ontario. His highlight was winning an OCAA invitational and earning Redeemer College its first ever men's singles title.
Tracy Wong Humber Hawks OCAA
Now in her fourth year of competition, Tracy Wong's performance is still earning her accolades. The current CCAA Women's Badminton Player of the Year won yet another women's singles title at an OCAA invitational in January.
Gillian Tetlow Mount Allison Mounties ACAA
After qualifying for the 2013 nationals in mixed doubles, Tetlow is once again a top player. She's shown herself to be versatile, competitive, and an excellent team leader and role model.
Spencer Armsworthy UKC Blue Devils, ACAA
This rookie’s hard work and enthusiasm was key to his team’s success this month. He has yet to lose a match while competing in men’s singles and mixed doubles, resulting in two first-place finishes in a row.
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