By Stacey Kwan
It’s been years of hard work, practice, and training for Simon Yip but he has put it all to good use.
In his third year of the Hospitality and Tourism Administration program he has continued to shine on the badminton court. For the past two seasons, 2007 and 2008, Yip was awarded the Badminton MVP and he was also awarded the 2008 Centennial Male Athlete of the Year at the end of last year and for good reason.
In 2008, Yip and his then doubles’ partner Ben Wong, made it for a second consecutive year to the CCAA National Badminton championship, coming in 5th place.
With a new partner this season, Ryan Lue, Yip is on his way to another appearance at nationals.
Simon started playing badminton in his family’s backyard when he was 10 and started competing competitively and training three to four hours a day at 15. Simon has consistently stayed made appearances in the semi-final and final matches of each tournament he participates in.
Most recently, he lost in both the singles and mens doubles finals at the Georgian College Badminton Open.
Badminton is more than a game for Yip, it’s a physical and mental challenge.
“It’s almost like a game of chess, you’ve got to analyze everything and think of all the consequences before choosing what you believe would be the right choice,” said Yip. “I have to do all this in less than a second.”
Simon is also a great mentor. He coaches badminton at the Mandarin Badminton Club and he is a great example to his young rookie doubles’ partner, Ryan Lue. Who he feels can continue on the legacy he and his past partner have created for the Centennial badminton team.
Simon has high praise for the athletics program at Centennial and Steve McLaughlin, who he believes will only help Centennial’s athletic program become one of the best in the province.
A sports lover, Simon enjoys watching and playing a whole variety of sports including, basketball, tennis, hockey, and volleyball.
Once he graduates, Simon has dreams of playing badminton internationally.
Tough times for Colts basketball teams
By Tristan Carter
In what turned out to be a disappointing couple of weeks for Centennail basketball, both the women’s and men’s team failed to earn a win.
The two teams combined for a 0-6 record and both now sit at 1-4 so far in the season.
The men, who are currently fifth in the overall standings, were unable to avenge their opening loss in their rematch with the undefeated Fleming Knights. Andrew Dawkins led the way for the Colts with 21 points and 6 rebounds but was overshadowed by Jovain Wilson who scored 23 points and gathered 15 rebounds for Fleming on their way to a 100-77 victory.
Centennail’s women’s team was also unable to beat Fleming. Kisha Roberts scored 17 points in their 57-43 loss.
The Colts then travelled to Barrie to face Georgian College where they suffered a 94-81 loss despite 28 points from guard Andre Bell.
Kisha Roberts dropped 16 points for the Colts but it was not enough to match the balanced attack from Georgian College’s women’s team who finished with four players in double figures in the 74-43 blowout.
The women were blown-out again in their home game against Algonquin with the final score being 84-43.
The men were also unable to attain a win against Algonquin who are also undefeated so far this season. The male Colts lost 77-67 in their game.
Nov. 13 @George Brown
Women: 6:00 p.m.
Men: 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 18 vs. Durham College
Women: 5:30 p.m.
Men: 7:15 p.m.