Canada Winter Games 2015

Hey everyone,

It has been a while since I posted last and a lot has happened since then! Following the BC Elite tournament in November, the next tournament was the Canada Winter Games Team Trial tournament in December. I am proud to say that because of my results at that tournament, I am representing Team Ontario in Prince George from tomorrow, February 23, to March 1! Team Ontario has a very good record in past years at the Games so hopefully our team can continue the tradition. The day after the trials I had to get my wisdom teeth out and that was a let-down because it was two days before Christmas!

My coach, Andrew Dabeka, and I at the Ottawa Sports Awards in January 2014.

My coach, Andrew Dabeka, and I at the Ottawa Sports Awards in January 2014.

Following my recovery from that surgery, I played the Toronto Open and unfortunately I lost in the semifinals to Jason Ho-Shue from Toronto. It was a tough 3 set match where he just got the best of me that day. It was a tough loss, but it helped me learn what I had to work on to further improve my game for the National Championships in February. Finally, in late January I received public recognition for my achievements in 2014 by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, at the Ottawa Sports Award.

Nationals 2015

With Joseph Rogers (2nd place) on the podium at the 2015 Yonex Canadian National Badminton Championship

With Joseph Rogers (2nd place) on the podium at the 2015 Yonex Canadian National Badminton Championship

The National Championships were held in Gatineau, Quebec from February 4-7 and it was a very good tournament for me as I won the title for the first time! This is my first open age national championship title and it was extremely special for two reasons. The first reason it was special is because it was won in a place 30 minutes away from my home so my family was able to come see me play. The second reason it was special was that in the final I played against my training partner from the RA Centre, Joseph Rogers. The RA Centre, where we practice, has a very prestigious reputation of producing great results nationally and internationally, so having both of us in the final was like a dream come true. I would like to thank my coaches: Andrew Dabeka, Mike Bitten, John Czich, Javier Montes and Doris Piché and everyone else that helped me get to this place. Also, I would like to thank everyone who supported me with all of the training and tournaments I have played so far. It is because of all of you that I was able to accomplish this! Lastly, I have to thank my family for always being there for me and constantly encouraging me in everything I do. It is hopefully just the beginning of my journey as a badminton player.

Canada Winter Games

Moving forward, I have the Canada Winter Games coming up this week. I am really excited for this tournament because team tournaments are my favourite! The team spirit is usually extremely exciting and we have a good team this year, so I’m sure that together we could have the rowdiest team out of all of the provinces! It’s a bold statement, but I have confidence in our team. I will try to record our cheer and post it online for everyone to see just how rowdy we can get. I will make sure to keep you all updated on how the games are going and future events to come!

Take care,

Andrew D’Souza

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