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Badminton's best head to provincials

Margaret Sheridan | Interrobang | Sports | February 11th, 2008

The Falcons will be well-represented this year at the OCAA Badminton Championships with three players present.

Fanshawe's Nathaniel Allard, Sarah Fuller and Jennifer Hayman will all be participating at the Championships, hoping to secure spots for the CCAA championships later in the month.

“I think we have a pretty good shot at going to the Nationals,” said Fuller, a social service student, who along with her mixed-doubles partner, Allard, went undefeated at the regionals. “I believe we've seen all the teams in prior tournaments before, and so far in the college circuit we've gone undefeated, so I think we have a good chance.“

The teammates both agree that if they play their game, overlooking any nerves, then they have a really good shot at coming away with a medal.

“We should be able to come home with a gold as long as we play our own game,” said Allard, who has already participated in three badminton National Championships. “We dominated through all our events, played really well and just took apart every college there. I think that the girls singles, Jennifer, should do really well, probably top two.”

As for Hayman, who finished second in the women's singles, she's confident that she'll finish top three at the OCAA Championships, but unless Ontario gets the wildcard, she doesn't think it'll be enough to make it to the Nationals.

When it comes to the provincial championships it all comes down to preparation.

“I'm doing a lot more cardio than I usually do,” Hayman laughed. “And I'm playing with Nathaniel and Sarah a lot because the more I play with them, the more I learn. So my game plan just comes down winning.”

The OCAA championships will be held in Barrie on February 15 with the Nationals taking place at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick at the end of the month.
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