2016 CCAA Badminton All-Canadians

March 2, 2016 – The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is proud to announce the 2016 CCAA Badminton All-Canadians.

The student-athletes, who are selected by their conference based on performance and contribution to the sport and their team, were honoured at a banquet during the 2016 CCAA Badminton National Championships at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC.

Here are the 2016 Badminton All-Canadians:

    Melissa Liew    
 
    Graydon Robb    
 
VIU Mariners
 
VIU Mariners
Liew captured gold in Women’s Singles at the PACWEST Championships. Coming off a silver medal in Mixed Doubles at the 2015 CCAA National Championships, the fourth-year student-athlete captained the Mariners this season. Liew, a 2015 CCAA Academic All-Canadian, is always willing to share her experience and provide leadership to her teammates.
 
In his third season with the Mariners, Robb won gold in Men’s Singles at the 2016 PACWEST Championships. The 2015 CCAA Male Player of the Year combines great deception, explosive movement and an exceptional jump smash. Robb, a CCAA All-Canadian in 2015, was also a member of Team Alberta at last year’s Canada Winter Games. 

   Takeisha Wang     
   Nick Roque   
 
Concordia Thunder   NAIT Ooks
The Concordia rookie went undefeated during ACAC regular season play in both singles and doubles. In addition to dominating on the court, Wang also excelled in the classroom with a near perfect 3.89 GPA in her first semester of post-secondary study. Wang has also taken on coaching duties for the Zone 8 North team at this year’s Alberta Winter Games.   In his second year with the Ooks, Roque was simply dominant. The 2015 All-Canadian was undefeated with a perfect 26-0 record in ACAC regular season play. Roque captured the coveted Triple Crown in both ACAC tournaments leading up to provincials and he accumulated the most points by a male player in the conference.

   Olivia Lei     
   Owen Kurvits   
 
Humber Hawks   Redeemer Royals

After two seasons at Humber, Lei is already the most dominate player in Hawks history. The 2015 All-Canadian was undefeated in every discipline this season. The defending OCAA and CCAA champion is the ideal varsity student-athlete: She practices hard, is a mentor to her teammates, is as sportsmanlike as one can be and is a solid student in the classroom.

  The 2015 CCAA All-Canadian and defending National Champion in Men’s Singles, Kurvits went undefeated in OCAA West Regionals. The third-year athlete lost only two matches all season and was victorious at the Fanshawe Invitational. Kurvits continues to earn respect from his competitors for his impeccable character and discipline in his approach to each game as well as his off-court attitude and behavior.

   Gillian Tetlow     
   Sam White   
 
Mount Allison Mounties   UKC Blue Devils
Tetlow is now a four-time CCAA All-Canadian and ACAA Player of the Year. Coming off a CCAA bronze-medal finish in mixed doubles in 2015, she garnered 91 of a possible 100 points in conference competition. Tetlow, who also plays varsity soccer, is a part of the “Mounties in Motion” group of athletes who represent the athletics program and help organize kid’s activities for the community.   White went undefeated in ACAA regular season singles play and suffered only one loss in both doubles and mixed action. He was victorious at the recent Scott Tournament in open mixed doubles. White is a humble student-athlete who is respectful of other athletes and officials. He earned his Level 1 coaching certification in 2015 and is a youth assistant coach with the Sackville Badminton Club.
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