Posted on: February 26, 2014
As the curtain goes up on the 2014 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Badminton Nationals, Thompson Rivers University has a small representation.
The women’s doubles duo of Anica Arduini (5th year,Kamloops, BC) and Lacey Banman (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) are part of the PACWEST Wildcard team. They are joined at the CCAA Nationals by coach Alex Perkin.
The two won the bronze medal at the recent PACWEST championships. But, when Langara College’s doubles team decided not to go, that opened the door for Arduini and Banman.
“I am very excited,” Banman said about the chance to go to Nationals. “ It’s something that I have wanted since my first year. I think it would be a lot of fun and we’ll learn a lot while we’re there. That being said, there are definitely some nerves for me.”
“It’s my first time going to Nationals,” added Arduini. “ I am really looking forward to it and it will be a great way to end my badminton career at TRU.”
This is the second season the two have played as a duo. “ I think what makes Lacey and I so successful on the court is that we both have the drive and determination to do well and continue to improve in our sport,” she adds. “ We play two different styles of badminton and mixing the two together really works well for us. I tend to play a more finesse and defensive game while she is able to attack well and finish rallies.”
“I would have to say our competitiveness is our strength,” Banman explains. “ We just want to do as well as we can and leave everything we have out on the court.”
Both admit to being nervous as they enter their first match Thursday (Feb 27) morning against the OCAA (Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association). “ Going into Nationals I really want to focus on playing well together and enjoying this experience,” Arduini says. “ I think we really need to soak it all in and just go out and play the way we know how and not let the nerves and excitement get to us.”
As far as their matches are concerned, both believe taking a step by step approach is the best. “ I can’t speak for Anica, but I always approach matches with the thought that all I can do is my best,” Banman states. “ I don’t think I should be disappointed if I lose even though I have played really well. “
The Championships are being hosted by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and wind up on March 1st .