Statement on Masters National Badminton Championships

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I’m pleased to rise to congratulate a group of Saskatoon badminton players on their performance at the recent Masters National Badminton championships held recently in Ontario. Bill Metcalfe, who lives in Saskatoon Riversdale, and his partner from Ontario, Sally Dakin, won the Mixed Doubles Masters title in the 55 to 60 age category, defeating Saskatoon players James Taylor and Marcia Jackson in a bit of a barnburner, 24-22 and 21-16.

Bill, the men’s singles defending championship in the 55 to 60 category two years running, was defeated in a hard-fought final. He and partner James Taylor also had some success in men’s doubles making it to the semifinals in the 55 to 60 category. This championship was a qualifier for the International Badminton Federation’s World Masters to be held in Vancouver in August. Competitors needed a top-four finish at nationals to qualify. Bill, who recently turned 60, will be representing Canada in men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles in the 55 to 60 category.

Bill was first introduced to badminton in high school, but took the sport up seriously in his early 20s and has proudly represented Saskatchewan at various badminton championships since then. He has taken home 32 national Masters medals over the years — 17 gold and 15 silver. Bill is a great example for all of us. He plays to win, but he also has such a love of the sport and a desire to always improve. I have no doubt he will be winning championships for years to come.

Mr. Deputy Speaker, I ask all members to join with me in congratulating Bill, James, and Marcia on their success at nationals and wishing them the best of luck at the worlds this summer. Thank you

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