Hawks rule the birdies at badminton tournament

by | Oct 18, 2018 | Sports, Varsity

Kaitlyn Kack
Sports Reporter

Humber badminton’s powerhouse mixed doubles team of Ayubu Touray and Victoria Duong didn’t medal during the weekend’s inaugural Li-Ning Humber Cup tournament.

But the semi-finalists were part of a strong showing by the Hawks, who took a total of six medals, including four golds and two silvers.

This is Humber’s first competitive tournament this season and the team has finished with smashing results.

In the men’s doubles division, Harry Cotaras and Ramnish Kumar finished their run in the semis. In the women’s doubles, Victoria Duong and Chloe Rowe dominated their division winning gold.

Humber athletes once again racked up the medals in the mixed doubles division. Victoria Duong and Touray made it to the semi-finals, while Elizabeth Duong and Ramnish Kumar won silver. Rowe and partner Thao Le finished the division with gold.

In the men’s singles division, Kumar finished first with Arpit Taneja making the semis. In women’s singles, Victoria Duong finished the tournament with silver. Two-time OCCA and CCAA defending champion Rowe won gold as well as the triple-crown title.

Seneca Sting’s Angela Aspiras was at the tournament to cheer her teammates on, although she’s recovering breaking an ankle earlier this year but continues to offer support to her team.

Aspiras said she was a little nervous about her team facing the Hawks.

“Humber’s really good,” she said. “They’ve been the team to beat for the last few years.”

Second-year Humber student Abhijith Menon plays men’s doubles and the mixed doubles teams.

He said if the team practices hard enough, there’s no stopping them.

“If we sweat together, we work together, we will win it together,” he said, right before playing his first set with his mixed doubles partner, Maria Nguyen.

Humber Badminton’s next tournament is the Fanshawe Invitational at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., on Nov. 16.