The Redeemer University College badminton program has compiled a long list of ‘firsts’ in its brief history in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, and on Friday (Feb. 20) the Royals added another one to its resume. Redeemer’s Owen Kurvits has been at the center of many of these ‘firsts’ and is once again establishing Redeemer badminton as one of the top programs in the province. At Friday morning’s provincial championship awards banquet, Kurvits was named the OCAA Male Badminton Player of the Year.
Coming off the 2013-14 season where he was named an OCAA all-star, won the provincial championship in men’s singles, and captured fourth place at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championships, Kurvits has picked up right where he left off. Putting together an incredible record of 35-2 in Men’s Singles over the course of the 2014-15 season, he has displayed his dominance and his ability to once again challenge for the OCAA crown in London.
For Redeemer, it is the schools second OCAA Player of the Year in its history. Three-time All-Canadian Men’s Volleyball star, Ryan Talsma was named the volleyball player of the Year in 2009-10.
With the award, Kurvits is named a CCAA All-Canadian and is a nominee for the National Player of the Year award. It is Redeemer’s second-ever All-Canadian with Talsma being the other. Owen was also named an OCAA Badminton All-Star.
This season, Kurvits has been to every men’s singles final in each of the four invitational tournaments he attended. He was the tournament champion in two invitationals and lost in the finals in the other two – his only losses of the season. He most recently won the men’s singles title at the OCAA West Region Badminton Championships going a perfect 8-0.
Currently, Kurvits is the holder of the CCAA Fair Play award as well, proving his respect for the game and the respect for his opponents. He continues to be the model of respect and fair play during the 2014-15 season. He earns respect from his competitors for his impeccable character and discipline in his approach to each game as well as his off the court attitude and behavior. Kurvits leads by example by putting in the hard work both in practice and outside of practice. He is always pushing himself in the weight room and proving his leadership in practice.
Kurvits takes the court as the newly appointed OCAA Badminton Player of the Year today in the first round of the OCAA Badminton Provincial Championships. Teammates, Julie Koopmans and Robyn Bennett will also be looking for a podium finish as the duo competes in Women’s Doubles.