June 25 was the final evening of Christine-Lespérance 2013-2014 badminton season. The club, located at Ecole Christine-Lespérance in River Park South serves weekly court sessions during the public school season.
The club has active in the South St. Vital community since 1999. It was started by Michel and Stefane Bazin, a father and son looking for a physical activity that would take them out of the house during Winnipeg winters. With the hospitality of the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine, the Christine-Lespérance school gymnasium facilities became the home.
If you are a player who is extremely competitive, looking for high-calibre players who are just as competitive as you — this is not the club for you. The club is run by individuals who encourage fun no matter what skill level. A family focused membership model is a cornerstone of the group. Doubles play is the norm.
The spirit at the weekly swing session is very positive. Encouragement on reaching the unreachable bird is always heard. You may hear (especially if you partner with me), the occasional pearl of profanity, as my aging physical body can’t deliver on my mind’s twentysomething expectation.
A laugh at your expense is never a return. A laugh to soothe the failings of a smash is most forthcoming. Playing with a son or daughter who misses just as much as the parent is comforting. Remember, this is supposed to be fun.
If badminton was a sport of your past, it may surprise you to learn scoring is different. Earning points was changed to make the sport more conducive for television schedules. Every serve now delivers a point for one of the teams. In the old system, points were only awarded to the team serving.
The final evening was short on players but that was expected, as the weather improves and outdoor sporting activities compete for evening daylight. The limited players didn’t reduce the level of competitive play. I suspect some players, knowing it was the final game, put forward some season-finale effort, knowing they had the summer to recover.
Plans for next season were part of the evening’s wrap-up. It is important to get on the player list, since enrollment is limited. Once school is back in the fall, the club will finalizes its season schedule and post it at http://www.mts.net/~gmbazin/index.html.
Please don’t call the school for information, as it has little knowledge of the organization. Use the club’s website if you’re looking for details.
Sean Conway is a community correspondent for St. Vital.