Coley’s Point man starting badminton club
Badminton isn’t anything new to the Conception Bay North region.
It’s been played in schools for decades and plenty of promising athletes have found success in the sport through the years.
However, rarely does an athlete continue with the game after high school. There tends to be a drop off for whatever reason.
Now, a Coley’s Point man is hoping to change that. Pierre LeGresley is in the midst of starting a recreational badminton club with hopes of sparking people to take up the game again.
“If you want to learn, there’ll be people there who will teach you how to play, and if you want to play for fun, you can play for fun,” he told The Compass last week.
Badminton is a sport that you don’t necessarily have to stop playing as you age. In a press release, LeGresley men- tioned the burgeoning club is open to anyone aged 10 to 99 years. Just recently, the sports national governing body altered the age brackets because there were so many people over the age of 80 playing.
“There were too many 80-year-olds playing against 70-year-olds,” said LeGresley, a badminton coach for more than 30 years. “It’s not an expensive sport and it’s a sport you can have for life.”
A coach with both Amalgamated Academy and Ascension Collegiate, LeGresley teaches upwards to 20 young athletes between the two schools. When he started interacting with the students, he found out a number of their parents used to play badminton.
“I asked the kids with all the schools if they had their own racket,” said LeGresley. “They said, ‘No, I’m using mom’s racket or using dad’s racket.’ Well, let’s get mom and dad to come and play.”
High-level badminton is a magnificent mixture of athleticism and coordination. Athletes move around the court at lightning speed and move their rackets even faster.
LeGresley thinks the reason the sport isn’t bigger in this province is because it doesn’t get the television coverage some of the other sports get.
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t skilled in the game at all, he is encouraging anyone interested to come and give it a try.
“You don’t have to be good. You can come here to enjoy the game,” he said. “Everyone is welcome. It’s just to build something as an option.”
LeGresley hopes to have a meeting later this month.
You don’t have to be good. You can come here to enjoy the game. Pierre LeGresley
Coley’s Point’s Pierre LeGresley is hoping to start a badminton club in the Conception Bay North region in the near future.