Kerr Hall hosts 2015 OUA Badminton Championship

Ryerson brought home some medals this weekend at the 2015 OUA Badminton Championship.

Ryerson’s Kirk Hansen and Nathan Cheung won the bronze medal against Waterloo’s Anthony Ho and Nicolas Hon in men’s doubles, at the event hosted in Ryerson’s Kerr Hall Gym.

Hansen also managed to advance to the elimination round in men’s singles but lost in the second round to the No. 5 seed from Waterloo.

Kerr Hall Gym was host to the OUA Badminton Championship all weekend.

Kerr Hall Gym was host to the OUA Badminton Championship all weekend.

The qualifying rounds kicked off Friday for the men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles, with 10 school teams participating.

But while the Ryerson badminton team was competing at the OUA tournament, one of its star players, Vivian Kwok, was participating in the 2015 Canadian National College-University Championship in Drummondville, Que.

Kwok, who was the No. 5 seed in women’s singles, advanced to the quarter-finals but was unable to beat Stephanie Pakenham, the eventual gold medallist.

Kwok and fellow partner Bethany So also made it to the semifinals in women’s doubles, a title they claimed at last year’s championship.

But the pair lost to No. 2 seeds Caroline Beauregard and Vicky Girard, who finished in first place.
Hansen and Kwok have both been named Ryerson’s Athletes of the Week.

Ryerson placed sixth overall in the OUA event, with 11 points.

But it was the Waterloo Warriors who won the tournament with 63 points, their first OUA Badminton Championship since 2010.

Last year’s champions, the Western Mustangs, placed in second with 45 points.

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