Kurvits captures Royals first-ever badminton Gold

It was a day to remember at the 2013-14 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association badminton championships at Humber College. Redeemer University College made school history, capturing its first OCAA provincial Gold medal in varsity badminton.

Men’s Singles player Owen Kurvits (Hamilton) defeated Humber’s Ryan Chow 2-1 in the final to secure Redeemer’s fourth Gold medal in school history.

Owen Kurvits (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Owen Kurvits (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Kurvits cruised through the round robin with a 5-0 record, finishing first in his pool. After a win in the semi-finals, Kurvits matched up against the OCAA Player of the Year, Ryan Chow. Kurvits had defeated Chow earlier in the season at the Fanshawe Invitational but Chow came out on top at the recent OCAA Regional Championships.

It was Redeemer’s time to shine, however, as Kurvits played with control the entire match, defeating Chow 2-1 (15-21, 21-15, 21-12).

With the trip to the Gold medal match Kurvits now has the opportunity to represent Redeemer at the CCAA National Badminton Championships in two weeks in Alberta. This is the first time that Redeemer has qualified for the National Championships in Badminton.

Redeemer's Benno Kurvits (centre) was named the OCAA Coach of the Year (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Redeemer’s Benno Kurvits (centre) was named the OCAA Coach of the Year (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

The Royals added to their medal total with a bronze in mixed doubles as well. The pairing of Robyn Bennett and Dan Vanden Boogaard defeated Centennial in the bronze medal match to claim Redeemer’s first ever Mixed Doubles medal.

Bennett and Vanden Boogaard finished the round robin with a 3-2 record and in third place. They faced off against Georgian College in the semi finals but failed to advance to the finals.

In the bronze medal match, Redeemer defeated Centennial 21-18 and 21-19.

Earlier in the day, Redeemer’s Benno Kurvits was named the OCAA Coach of the Year, another first for Redeemer in badminton. Kurvits will also be nominated for the CCAA National Coach of the Year award as well.

Kurvits led Redeemer to its best season ever in varsity badminton, qualifying four individuals for the Provincial Championships and grabbing a No. 7 national ranking. With two OCAA provincial medals and a national championship qualification, Kurvits has proven his team can compete with the best in Canada.