BADMINTON. For 40 years, badminton enthusiasts have been meeting every Tuesday to practice their favorite sport.
This league, which is simply called “Tuesday league”, brings together young and old, experienced or novice, in the gymnasium of the Marie-Médiatrice school.
“It started in the Jacques-Buteux school gymnasium,” recalls Michel Bouchard, one of the league’s founding members.
Currently, about twenty followers meet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “We have good caliber players. There are some who went to tournaments outside and ranked well, “adds Jean Gauthier, manager. Several girls joined the league a few years ago: there are more and more of them.
The organizers want to interest the next generation. Of course, you have to know how to play badminton and handle the racket well. But don’t worry: experienced players are not stingy with their tips and advice. A good cardio and a lot of finesse in the game would be the main assets of good badminton players, believe MM. Bouchard and Gauthier.
“Success is 50% due to service,” said Michel Bouchard.
There are people of all ages, from 17 year olds to 63 year old players. Good humor and camaraderie are among the watchwords.
The current season will end at the end of April, and will start again next September. It costs $80 per year to join, to cover gymnasium rental costs. The league operates 20 weeks a year. For more details, one can contact Jean Gauthier or Léo Dontigny, managers.