March 2, 2016 – Nick Roque of the NAIT Ooks has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Male Badminton Player of the Year.
He received the award this evening at the 2016 CCAA Badminton National Championships banquet, hosted by Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC.
After getting a taste of collegiate badminton last year, Roque returned to NAIT this season hungrier than ever. In his first year, he showed that he was among the top players in the conference. This year, he was unbeatable. Roque posted a 26-0 record and leading the Ooks to a conference championship.
“Nick displayed top level ability in singles, doubles and mixed play throughout the season,” said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development.
“This was truly a remarkable feat for a second-year player and he has without a doubt made players around him better.”
He will represent the ACAC at the National Championships in Men’s Doubles.
This season, Roque was unanimously selected as NAIT’s team captain and he was an inspiration to his teammates, coaching staff and opponents in the ACAC. He is always willing to help out anyone who wants to learn the game of badminton and his work ethic and enthusiasm are second to none.
He was an instructor with the NAIT Badminton Summer Camp the past two years. He constantly makes himself available to the media and community organizations in order to promote badminton both within NAIT and the ACAC.
CCAA Player of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.
Other nominees for the Player of the Year award were 2015 recipient Graydon Robb of the VIU Mariners (PACWEST), Owen Kurvits of the Redeemer Royals (OCAA) and Sam White of the UKC Blue Devils (ACAA).
For more information, visit the official website of the 2016 CCAA Badminton National Championships.