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A smashing season

Apr 05, 2019
Narayan Ramdhani with Izzy the Eagle at the nationals pep rally
Narayan Ramdhani with Izzy the Eagle at the nationals pep rally

Going undefeated for the first two Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) badminton tournaments this season, Narayan Ramdhani dominated his competition.

He easily secured a spot at the provincial championships in February and emerged from the tournament ranked second nationally. In the process, Narayan was awarded an ACAC All-Conference award.

This March, across the country at the CCAA National Championships held at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS, Narayan finished with a 3-2 record in his matches and a bronze medal around his neck—third in the nation!

“Narayan is a tall, fast, smart player. I’m very proud of what he’s accomplished,” says Head Coach, Naeem Haque.

“I was talking to Narayan after he won his bronze medal,” explains president Melanie Humphreys, “He said, ‘next year I’m getting a gold!’ I told him to celebrate this win, he was third in Canada, after all! It was very, very cool, and he’s ecstatic as well.”

Eagles Athletics badminton program joined the ACAC in 2014. Badminton athletes have represented King’s at nationals previously, but Narayan is King’s first badminton athlete to medal.