Three Mohawk Mountaineer hall of famers have been named to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Badminton All-Millennium teams.
Grace Siu and Wendy Mabson are on the women’s team while Mabson’s former doubles partner, Brad Paul, made the men’s side. Eleven women and 10 men given the prestigious honour, all starred in the OCAA prior to the change of the millennium.
All-Millennium teams were first announced in 2000, then recognizing volleyball and basketball. This year the OCAA is honouring 68 former athletes as members of the women’s fastball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s badminton All-Millennium teams. These athletes will also be formally recognized at the OCAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Windsor on April 29, 2009.
Siu, inducted in the Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 2003, was a fierce competitor in singles play and captured two OCAA gold medals (1993, 1994), one OCAA silver medal (1992) and one CCAA bronze medal (1994). There were many other victories in open, invitational and OCAA regional championships during this three year period.
Siu captured Mohawk’s Outstanding Female Freshman Award (1991) and was the Outstanding Female Athlete (1992, 1993). “Amazing Grace”, as she was known, was an OCAA and CCAA All Academic award winner and captured Mohawk’s highest Varsity honour, the Dr. Sam Mitminger Award, upon graduation from Information Systems in 1994.
Mabson, elected to the Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 1999, competed in two varsity sports, badminton and tennis, during her three years at Mohawk. But it was with badminton partner Brad Paul, that Mabson captured two OCAA gold medals in 1986 and 1987. She also won an OCAA mixed doubles silver medal in 1988, a CCAA silver medal in 1986 and a CCAA gold medal in 1987. She was named the College’s All-Round Female Athlete in 1986, 1987 and 1988 and Coaches Award winner with Paul in 1986.
One-half of Mohawk’s most successful badminton mixed doubles team, Paul captured two OCAA gold medals in 1986 and 1987 with Mabson. The duo also won a CCAA silver medal in 1986 and a CCAA gold medal in 1987. Paul was named the Coaches Award winner with Mabson in 1986 and the Outstanding Male Athlete in 1987. He was inducted in the Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 1999.