Provincial Team Information
I hope that you have been having fun and enjoying the tournaments that we have had so far. The Scott Open was the biggest turnout we have ever had with 151 players registered. This is great news for badminton in Nova Scotia and please continue to spread the word and bring more people out to these tournaments.
I realize that my last email was very long and some important pieces may have been missed, so I just want to resend the Provincial team program section as there have been lots of questions about provincial team membership and Canada Games Team selection. I have highlighted in bold the relevant section, but have included the whole section for context.
The Badminton Nova Scotia High Performance Provincial Team Program is entering its fifth year and looking forward to continuing the success of last year where 3 National Medals were earned. (Silver U19 MS, Bronze U15 MD, Bronze U23 WD) Robert Proctor Director of Junior Development will again lead the Provincial Team as head coach with Pat Thompson returning as an associate coach/senior athlete. The Provincial Team Program is fortunate to have experienced coaches Gary MacDougall (Canada Games 2011) and Elliott Beals (Canada Games 2007 & 2019) become associate coaches with the program.
As reflected in the Badminton Nova Scotia High Performance Plan, the focus of the Provincial Team Program is to support and develop athletes to achieve success at the Atlantic and National levels with a focus on results at annual Badminton Canada Elite Series and National Championships. While the provincial team program launched in 2013 with the focus of assisting athletes with progressing through the Long Term Athlete Development stages as outlined by Badminton Canada, this season will see each athlete recommit and invest themselves in advancing through the Learning to Train, Training to Train, Learning to Compete and Training to Compete stages of development.
REMINDER TO ALL ATHLETES, to be eligible for financial assistance or sanction/selection to represent Badminton Nova Scotia at Atlantic, National or International events (camps/competitions) the athlete MUST be a member in good standing with the High Performance Provincial Team Program at least 12 months prior to the funding, sanction or selection deadlines. For those athletes interested in being considered for selection to the 2019 Canada Games Team you MUST be a member in good standing with the Provincial Team Program for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.
If you have any questions about the High Performance Provincial Team Program, please contact Robert Proctor [email protected]