According to the Rule of Three, third time’s lucky.
But luck didn’t land the Hawks’ badminton star at the World University Games for a third time in her career.
Fifth year talent Tracy Wong has been named to Team Canada to compete in the International University Sports Federation World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, this July.
Wong competed in Korea in FISU’s 2012 games, and travelled to Spain last summer for FISU World Championships; repeat qualifying makes her a regular in international badminton circuits.
Badminton Canada’s selection comes as no surprise as Wong has one of the most decorated careers in the country, winning CCAA top honours in each of her five years playing at Humber.
Associate Athletic Director Michael Kopinak worked with Humber’s badminton team for Wong’s first two years as a varsity athlete. He has since been an enthusiastic member of her cheering section.
“She is one of the best players in Canada and certainly one of the best female athletes Ontario has ever seen,” Kopinak said.
“There are very few Canadian women who have a national medal in any sport — and Tracy has five of them.”
Her long list of accolades includes a national gold medal, two national silvers and a national bronze.
All of this hardware was captured while competing in badminton’s three different sports: singles, women’s doubles, and mixed. The four-time, All-Canadian was also named OCAA Player of the Year four times, and received the CCAA’s top honour twice.
Badminton Canada’s executive director, Joe Morissette, has an extensive back– ground in the country’s FISU team selection over the past seven years. He is confident that Wong embodies the strengths that the national training center searches for in an athlete.
“She is a strong mixed player, a strong women’s doubles, and also qualified last year for the world university championship in singles,” Morissette said.
“So that type of all around versatility gives us the player we are looking for and want for the team,” he said.
University badminton players competing in the CIS are predictably the top contenders to represent Canada at the FISU World University Games, but in Wong’s case, she proves strong college programs can develop elite athletes that can play with the best of them.
“We want to take the best regardless where they come from,” said Morissette.
“The cream rises to the top and Tracy has consistently risen to the top,” he said.
Wong’s appearance in South Korea this July will be her final performance in her post-secondary career. “What I expected the most from myself every time I’m out on the court is just that I will give 110 per cent,” said Wong. “I plan to apply this work ethic from varsity to my life after.”
“I really appreciated what Humber gave me. All of the friends and the family, because it truly is a family.”