In the second of four tournaments this year, the club badminton team will play in the first annual Oregon Winter Classic badminton tournament in Portland Jan. 28-30.
Club coordinator Yiwen He said eight team members are going to the tournament. It is an individual tournament, meaning it is not a team competition. Orie Fukuda and He are entered in women’s doubles, while assistant coach Aaron Siu and Sandy Tang, Yasuhiro Hirayama and He and assistant coach Kevin Penn and Moon Nguyen are entered in mixed doubles. The tournament is open, so all ages are welcome. Oregon State and Portland State will send members to the open as well.
The coordinator said the players all have a good chance to go far in the tournament. Siu, a student originally from China, has played badminton her entire life. Siu said she is the best female badminton player in Oregon because of the instruction and training she received in China.
Club badminton combines casual interaction and competitive play, and all members enjoy the interaction and encouragement in an unfamiliar place.
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