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Former national badminton champion volunteers at BC Games

Article by: Sawyer Klassen, Photo Credit: Nicholas Everton

Author: BC Winter Games/Saturday, February 27, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games, Badminton

Former national badminton champion volunteers at BC Games

Denise Vines first picked up a racquet when she was 11 years old.

Over the next four decades, Badminton led vines to eight national championships in Canada and one in England in the masters age group.

This week at the BC Winter Games in Penticton, Vines is adding a new experience to her sport resume. Vines, from West Kelowna, is one of the 1,800 volunteers who are working behind the scenes and for her it’s a chance to give back to the sport.

“As you get older you try and give back to the game that you’ve taken so much from Now is the time to give back to the game,” said Vines, who competes in mixed and ladies’ doubles.

“I just love the game — the competition and team spirit. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel over the world and just made so many friends. It’s just such a great community.”

With competition now underway, Vines is enjoying interacting with the athletes.

“Just the enthusiasm on the kids’ faces when they came in this morning, and the buzz,” she said.  “You see them meeting at the draw desk going over their game. They are chatting with the boys and girls from out of town. It’s such a great opportunity to make lifelong friends.”

Vines said the badminton community is really close-knit and she’s excited about helping with this event.

“To be involved in something like this, at this level, with the kids, is nice now,” Vines said, who represented Canada at the 2012 World Masters Games in Vancouver.

Badminton is being played at Okanagan College. Team competition gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday with the finals set for Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

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