Badminton has been around for many years in Sooke and is an excellent sport for fitness for those winter month evenings.
Either playing ‘single’ or ‘doubles’ can certainly get the blood pumping and the heart pounding.
The ‘Birdie’ or ‘Shuttlecock’, as it is technically named, can move at a surprisingly fast speed. All levels and capabilities are always welcome by the members of the Sooke Badminton Club, which is a ‘drop-in’ based organization meeting regularly from September through June on Tuesday evenings at the EMCS (school) gym at 7:30 p.m.
What is really great is the mix of ages, from the development of youth, members of the EMCS badminton team, through to some really active seniors who can still hold their own. It is a reasonably inexpensive sport with racquets anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. These days the racquets are made from lightweight materials making the racquet weigh only a few ounces. The club does have racquets for those experimenting with the sport. All you need is a good pair of non-marking court/running shoes and enthusiasm.
Gail Dumont has been coordinating badminton in Sooke for many years and she herself is a prime example of participation as she is involved with the EMCS School Team and managing the Badminton Club of Sooke. For more information on the sport or the club call Gail Dumont at 250-642-3288 or Roger Temple at 250-642-1789.