Feb 4, 2014

NathanMen's Badminton Athlete of the Week
Nathan Choi (Langara College)

In his first year at Langara College, 2nd in the PACWEST, General Arts student Nathan Choi has proven to be one of the top contenders in the PACWEST Badminton League. 

On Saturday, he was undefeated in the team event and helped the Falcons to a 4-0 victory, earning a 1st place tournament finish.  Not giving up his streak, his motivation and drive also earned himself a double crown on Sunday in the Men’s doubles and Mixed doubles individual events where he won both titles. 

In his preliminary pool, Choi and Men’s doubles partner Eric Chiu had no troubles beating TRU opponents Feenstra and McNeilly 21-7, 21-9 and Douglas’ Yan and Pan 21-0, 21-0.  They then advanced to the semi-finals where they beat KPU team Chung and Arseneau 21-15, 21-16.  It was a victorious weekend for the Langara Men’s doubles teams as Choi and Chiu faced teammates Chan and Leung in the finals. After 3 hard fought sets, the duo earned their spot on top winning 21-15, 15-21, 21-15.

Choi teamed up with partner Ashley Jang in the Mixed doubles category. In their preliminary pool, they beat out opponents McNeilly and Dufort from TRU 21-10, 21-10 and VIU pairs Foster and Bartulabac 21-12, 21-12. This brought them to the semi-finals where they met Falcon teammates Chan and Hang and took the game 22-20, 21-19. They then went on to the finals where they faced KPU pair Chung and Chong. Choi’s determination put the Falcons on top winning 21-19, 22-24, 21-13.

Nathan Choi is a strong contender for the upcoming CCAA Nationals February 26th - March 1st  held in Edmonton, Alberta.