Ontario’s finest collegiate badminton players from the East Region will take to Collège Boréal courts in Sudbury this weekend, looking to earn a berth into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Associations (OCAA) Provincial Championships. The event will run over two days, February 6 and 7, 2015.
The OCAA East Regional Badminton Championships will gather student-athletes from the host institution, Collège Boréal, as well as Cambrian College (Sudbury), Centennial College (Scarborough), George Brown College (Toronto), Georgian College (Barrie), Seneca College (North York Toronto), and St. Lawrence College (Brockville).
Players will compete in five events including Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. The top three teams from each event will advance to the OCAA Provincial Badminton Championships, hosted by Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario, February 20 and 21, 2015.
Past OCAA champion Valérie Breen has returned to Collège Boréal as assistant coach. She joins head coach Mike Dionne, son of the late Denis Dionne, former Boréal head coach who passed away in 2012. This year’s roster includes Julien Bélanger, Brittany Bisson, Katelynn Gravelle, Patrick Boileau, George Lyons, Jérémy Beauvais, Jean Perron, Mélanie Dillon, and Holly Laderoute.
“Collège Boréal has a strong badminton program that has evolved over the past 20 years. Having won the regional championship in the past, our team will be looking to defend that title this weekend and grab a spot in the OCAA Provincials.”
Andréa Boyce, Fitness Centre and Varsity Sports Coordinator, Collège Boréal
About the OCAA
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is a recognized leader in intercollegiate athletics dedicated to student athlete and sport development. It is the governing body for intercollegiate sports offering quality programs in the pursuit of athletic excellence. The OCAA has 30 members sponsoring 15 sports throughout Ontario.
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 40 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.
According to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates in the province. Moreover, 100% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
Collège Boréal has won several OCAA badminton titles including:
- Valérie Breen, Bronze, Women’s Singles, 2013-2014;
- Valérie Breen, Silver, Women’s Singles, 2012-2013;
- Patrick Michel / Jenna Dupuis, Silver, Mixed Doubles, 2012-2013;
- Valérie Breen / Patrick Michel, All Star Team, 2012-2013;
- Jenna Dupuis, Bronze, Women’s Singles, 2011-2012;
- Katie Jodouin / Kalina Gélinas, Team Spirit Champion, 2011-2012;
- Valérie Breen / Jenna Dupuis, Silver, Women’s Doubles, 2010-2011;
- Women’s Team, East Regional Championship, 2010-2011;
- Lynn Michel, Coach of the Year, 2010-2011, 2008-2009, and 2006-2007;
- Valérie Breen, Gold, Women’s Singles, 2009-2010;
- Women’s Team, Provincial Champion, 2009-2010;
- Team Spirit Champion, 2009-2010;
- Janelle Marier / Tiffanie Wilson, Silver, Women’s Doubles, 2008-2009;
- Janelle Marier / Marc-André Poirier, Bronze, Mixed Doubles, 2007-2008; and
- André Carrière / Lisa Tremblay, Bronze, Mixed Doubles, 2004-2005.
Results from the East Regional Championships will be posted on the OCAA website at www.ocaa.com.
To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit our website at www.collegeboreal.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.
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