Concordia Thunder Badminton History

 

The Concordia Thunder badminton program is one of the oldest and most success programs in the history of the Thunder athletic department. Qualifying for every Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) Badminton Championships since beginning conference play, the Thunder badminton program has captured 13 medals, including four ACAC Conference Championships. The program has also produced 23 ACAC All-Conference Athletes and seven CCAA All-Canadians. Current Head Coach Kevin MacAlpine, a former athlete from Concordia’s badminton program, took over in 2009 after being an assistant coach before that and is a five time ACAC Coach of the Year. Under Coach MacAlpine, the Thunder badminton team has won nine team medals and 48 individual medals at the ACAC Badminton Championships – including a conference championship in 2018-19 – as well as nine individual medals at the CCAA Badminton National Championships. Coach MacAlpine also guided coached one of the most decorated athletes in Concordia Thunder history – Takeisha Wang. Through five years of conference badminton play, Wang captured five ACAC medals and five CCAA medals – including two CCAA National Championships. Wang finished her career as a four time ACAC Female Badminton Player of the Year and a three time CCAA Women’s Badminton Player of the Year.

Head Coaches: Naeem Haque, Kevin MacAlpine

 

 


 

ACAC Conference Championships

2019-20 Silver Medal
2018-19 Conference Champions
2017-18 Silver Medal
2016-17 Silver Medal
2015-16 Silver Medal
2014-15 Silver Medal
2011-12 Silver Medal
2010-11 Silver Medal
2009-10 Silver Medal
2008-09 Silver Medal
2007-08 Conference Champions
2006-07 Conference Champions
2005-06 Conference Champions

 


 

Individual Medalists

ACAC Conference Championships

CCAA National Championships

2019-20   Jasleen Kaur & Johnna Rymes Women's Doubles Gold   2019-20 Jasleen Kaur & Johnna Rymes Women's Doubles Silver
Nicolas Pittman & Braxton Wong Men's Doubles Gold   Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Silver
Tyson Tsen & Kassidy Turcotte Mixed Doubles Bronze          
Kassidy Turcotte Women's Singles Bronze   2018-19 Nicolas Pittman Men's Singles Silver
Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Gold   Desmond Wang & Takeisha Wang Mixed Doubles Gold
                 
2018-19 Kaylee Morris & Kassidy Turcotte Women's Doubles Bronze   2017-18 Desmond Wang Men's Singles Gold
Kaylee Morris & Braxton Wong Mixed Doubles Bronze   Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Gold
Nicolas Pittman Men's Singles Silver          
Kassidy Turcotte Women's Singles Bronze   2016-17 Rachel Smilie & Cecilia Wolski Women's Doubles Bronze
Desmond Wang & Takeisha Wang Mixed Doubles Gold   Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Silver
Braxton Wong Men's Singles Bronze          
Braxton Wong & Raphael Wong Men's Doubles Bronze   2015-16 Rachel Smilie & Takeisha Wang Women's Doubles Bronze
                 
2017-18 Nicolas Pittman Men's Singles Silver   2014-15 Rachel Smilie Women's Singles Silver
Kassidy Turcotte & Braxton Wong Mixed Doubles Bronze          
Desmond Wang Men's Singles Gold   2011-12 Grace Box Women's Singles Silver
Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Gold          
Braxton Wong & Raphael Wong Men's Doubles Bronze   2010-11 Grace Box & Ellexis Lathan Women's Doubles Silver
                 
2016-17 Luc-Ly Nguyen & Braxton Wong Men's Doubles Silver   2009-10 Grace Box & Jake Perry Mixed Doubles Silver
Connor Reinson Men's Singles Silver          
Rachel Smilie & Cecilia Wolski Women's Doubles Gold   2008-09 Reshma Bhambhani & Grace Box Women's Doubles Silver
Takeisha Wang Women's Singles Gold   Alan Chow & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Silver
Braxton Wong Men's Singles Bronze          
          2007-08 Reshma Bhambhani & Grace Box Women's Doubles Silver
2015-16 Alysha Dyck & Lindsay Ross Women's Doubles Bronze   Michael Chong & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Silver
Alysha Dyck & Kirk Sundt Mixed Doubles Bronze          
Lindsay Ross Women's Singles Silver   2006-07  Reshma Bhambhani & Natasha Liaw Women's Doubles Silver
Dshant Sharma & Calvin Siu Men's Doubles Silver   Michael Chong & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Silver
Rachel Smilie & Takeisha Wang Women's Doubles Silver          
          2005-06 Reshma Bhambhani Women's Singles Silver
2014-15 Coady Duncan & Andre LeBlance Men's Doubles Bronze   Zarina Bhambhani & Tiffany Chan Women's Doubles Silver
Coady Duncan & Willow Frissell Mixed Doubles Bronze   Michael Chong & Matt Czernick Men's Doubles Silver
Andre LeBlance Men's Singles Bronze   Jon Vandervet Men's Singles Silver
Andre LeBlance & Erin O'Neill Mixed Doubles Gold          
Erin O'Neill & Lindsay Ross Women's Doubles Bronze          
Connor Reinson Men's Singles Gold          
Lindsay Ross Women's Singles Bronze          
Rachel Smilie Women's Singles Gold          
                 
2011-12 Grace Box Women's Singles Gold          
Coady Duncan & Jie Sim Men's Doubles Silver          
Jie Sim Men's Singles Bronze          
                 
2010-11 Grace Box & Ellexis Lathan Women's Doubles Gold          
Peter Dushenski & Jie Sim Men's Doubles Bronze          
Peter Dushenski & Samantha Wong Mixed Doubles Bronze          
Jie Sim Men's Singles Bronze          
Samantha Wong Women's Singles Bronze          
                 
2009-10 Grace Box Women's Singles Silver          
Grace Box & Jake Perry Mixed Doubles Silver          
Tanner Gruise & Kevin Visser Men's Doubles Silver          
Jake Perry Men's Singles Silver          
Jie Sim Men's Singles Gold          
                 
2008-09 Reshma Bhambhani & Grace Box Women's Doubles Gold          
Grace Box Women's Singles Bronze          
Alan Chow Men's Singles Bronze          
Alan Chow & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Gold          
Jie Sim Men's Singles Silver          
                 
2007-08 Reshma Bhambhani & Grace Box Women's Doubles Gold          
Jonathan Chang & Natasha Liaw Mixed Doubles Silver          
Michael Chong & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Gold          
Natasha Liaw & Michelle Sutanto Women's Doubles Bronze          
                 
2006-07 Reshma Bhambhani & Natasha Liaw Women's Doubles Gold          
Michael Chong & Jon Vandervet Men's Doubles Gold          
                 
2005-06 Reshma Bhambhani Women's Singles Gold          
Zarina Bhambhani & Tiffany Chan Women's Doubles Gold          
Michael Chong & Natt Czernick Men's Doubles Silver          
Natasha Liaw Women's Singles Bronze          
Jon Vandervet Men's Singles Gold          

 


All-Conference Athletes:

CCAA All-Canadians:

  • Reshma Bhambhani: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
  • Zarina Bhambhani: 2005-06
  • Grace Box: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
  • Tiffany Chan: 2005-06
  • Michael Chong: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
  • Coady Duncan: 2011-12, 2014-15
  • Ellexis Lathan: 2010-11
  • Andre LeBlanc: 2014-15
  • Jake Perry: 2009-10
  • Nicolas Pittman: 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20
  • Connor Reinson: 2016-17
  • Lindsay Ross: 2014-15
  • Johnna Rymes: 2019-20
  • Jie Sim: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
  • Calvin Siu: 2015-16
  • Rachel Smilie: 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
  • Kassidy Turcotte: 2016-17, 2017-18
  • Jon Vandervet: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
  • Desmond Wang: 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Takeisha Wang: 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20
  • Cecilia Wolski: 2016-17
  • Braxton Wong: 2016-17
  • Samantha Wong: 2009-10, 2011-12
  • Reshma Bhambhani: 2006-07, 2008-09
  • Grace Box: 2009-10
  • Tiffany Chan: 2005-06
  • Rachel Smilie: 2014-15
  • Jon Vandervet: 2007-08
  • Desmond Wang: 2018-19
  • Takeisha Wang: 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20