LIVERPOOL – Liverpool High School senior and intermediate teams have just returned from competing at regionals in Annapolis Royal, where both teams played very well and competed hard, says coach Chris Framp.
“We came up a little short on team day, finishing in third place in the intermediate division,” says Framp, who is also the school’s head physical education teacher and athletic director.
However, on individual day, the school’s senior boys’ doubles team won the regional championship and the intermediate mixed doubles team captured the silver medal in an extremely close match, only losing 22-20 in the third game of a best-of-three final, says Framp.
These successes are right on the back of the teams competing in the districts for teams within the South Shore Regional School Board, where the intermediate badminton team finished in first place.
“I was expecting our teams to place very well at districts given our history of success and team make-up,” says Framp.
The team is comprised of several returning players that have been playing with Framp for several years. Last year, the team won the senior division and placed second in the intermediate division, so Framp expected this year to also go very well.
Framp says the badminton program at Liverpool Regional High School works so well because the players really come together like a family, caring about one another and getting along very well on and off the court.
“These students are faced with challenges just like any student in the school, balancing academic responsibilities, work duties, and committing to practicing an average of six hours per week,” says Framp. “But I feel our players look forward to getting together, practicing, competing and having fun playing the game.”
The team was set to compete at the provincial Badminton championships at Citadel High in Halifax April 21-22.