There must be a tree somewhere inscribed with a carving that says, “Beth Loves Badminton.”
And that would be a great way to mark Beth Sopka’s love for the sport. But at this year’s Masters Nationals, the board took that notion up a notch, announcing that she is this year’s winner of the Ray Scott Award.
“I will do whatever I can to help increase the popularity of the sport, because I truly believe badminton deserves great recognition.” ~ Alex Cheng
Junior competitor Nicholas Waller (MA-U19) has a lot to say about competing in the XXII Pan Am Junior Championships, having travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for this summer’s competition where Team USA took home 40 of the 75 medals.
Sometimes it’s about competition, sometimes it’s about fun, but often it can be simply about the journey. A handful of travelers from the Northeast region headed to Cleveland for the National Senior Games and a couple of them checked in with us along the way.
Maybe it was the presence of international competitor Vincent Lobo, or the novelty of a tournament at church—okay it was in the gym, but still. The speed and fitness required for tournament play surprised many of the Valley Forge Baptist Church onlookers according to Event Coordinator, Hari Avadhanam.
Over 70 competitors hailing from all over the northeast vied for the $4,000 prize purse at the summer 2013 Yonex Garden State Open. Host to players from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, the International Badminton Center in Edison, NJ saw eight teams paired in a round robin format.