Royals Kurvits finishes as fourth best in the country

Redeemer’s Owen Kurvits finished in fourth place Saturday (March 1) at the 2013-14 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Badminton Championships. Kurvits advanced to the CCAA bronze medal match but fell to Humber College’s Ryan Chow, 2-0.

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

For the Royals, it was tied for their best finish’s ever at a national championship and it was their first appearance at a badminton championship. Kurvits was in the running to secure Redeemer’s first CCAA medal in the school’s history but Chow was looking for payback from the provincial championships when Kurvits defeated him in the gold medal match.

Saturday’s game scores were 21-18 and 21-13.

Kurvits advanced to the national finals by winning Redeemer’s first ever Gold medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championships in February. He moved on to the CCAA bronze medal match after finishing 2-3 in round robin play. Kurvits matched up against the No. 1 seed Lei Chen from Alberta in the semi-finals and was defeated 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) dropping into the third place match.

Redeemer Royals head coach and OCAA Coach of the Year Benno Kurvits said, “We have no regrets. Owen played really well today. Ryan (Chow) just found a way to play better.”

Redeemer’s other top finish at a national championship belongs to cross country runner Jakob VanDorp, who was fourth.

The 2013-14 CCAA badminton finals were held in Alberta.

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