New champions emerge at badminton tournament

The territory got two new open singles badminton champs on Saturday. Whitehorse players Lukas Kobler and Caroline Thibeault rode undefeated streaks to their first singles crowns.

The territory got two new open singles badminton champs on Saturday.

Whitehorse players Lukas Kobler and Caroline Thibeault rode undefeated streaks to their first singles crowns at the Yukon Badminton Championships over the weekend at Porter Creek Secondary School.

Kobler entered the open men’s singles for the experience and came away with the gold.

“I’m surprised. I kind of joined it to learn … and I just kind of won it,” he said.

Kobler was the only player to bring home four medals over the weekend. In addition to the open singles, the 16-year-old won the under-19 male singles, silver in the open mixed doubles with Nora Vincent-Braun and bronze in open men’s doubles with Carl Knickle.

Kobler and Vincent-Braun both played for Yukon at the Arctic Winter Games in Greenland this past March.

“I made the Arctics team and I was one of the older guys. The other one (Marek Boulerice) wasn’t here and he definitely would have been competition for me,” said Kobler.

“How I played against Carl in the (U19) gold medal game – I was surprised by the score,” he added of his 21-5, 21-6 win in the final. “I thought it would be way closer.”

Thibeault went undefeated in five matches – without dropping a set – to win gold in the open women’s singles division, which was combined with the under-19 and under-16 female divisions.

“I’m so happy. This is the second time I participated at the Yukon championship. Last year was my first time and there were only two women, so I really appreciate the younger girls coming into the open (division) to play with us,” said Thibeault. “I know the girls went to Greenland (for the Arctic Games) so they have good technique and they go on the court very well.”

She also took gold in the open mixed doubles with John Kremer and silver in open women’s doubles with Gabrielle Belanger.

Thibeault, who played badminton for Universite de Sherbrooke, won a silver in mixed doubles last year for her only previous medal at the Yukon championships.

“When I came here I said, I need to improve my badminton, because I stopped for 10, 15 years,” said Thibeault. “When I found the club at Takhini (Elementary) … I started last year playing there.

“I’m very happy with the badminton club in Yukon.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Results

Open women’s singles

1st Caroline Thibeault

2nd Abigail Cuenza

3rd Nora Vincent-Braun

Open men’s singles

1st Lukas Kobler

2nd John Kremer

3rd Carl Knickle

Open women’s doubles

1st Abigail Cuenza/Nora Vincent-Braun

2nd Caroline Thibeault/ Gabrielle Belanger

3rd Sandy Ganesan/Macy Li

Open men’s doubles

1st John Kremer/John Pan

2nd Eri Boye/Ethan Allen

3rd Lukas Kobler/Carl Knickle

Open mixed doubles

1st Caroline Thibeault/ John Kremer

2nd Nora Vincent-Braun/ Lukas Kobler

3rd Abigail Cuenza/Carl Knickle

U19 boys singles

1st Lukas Kobler

2nd Carl Knickle

3rd Daniel Kim

U16 boys doubles

1st Tanner Ulrich/Kenny Hyatt

2nd Antoine Giguere/ Thibault Lohergne

3rd Lou Samson/ Romeo Champagne

U16 mixed doubles

1st Morgan Iskra/Austin Au

2nd Gabrielle Belanger/ Antoine Giguere

3rd Ljubica Tokic/Lou Samson

U14 girls singles

1st Ljubica Tokic

2nd Gabrielle Belanger

3rd Jasmine Sealy

U14 boys singles

1st Tony Kim

2nd Anton Menzel

3rd Thomas Janzen

U14 girls doubles

1st Ainslie Spence/Morgan Iskra

2nd Ljubica Tokic/ Gabrielle Belanger

3rd Emma Lohergne/Elizabeth Inglis-Corneau

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