RDC badminton coach taking advantage of his last year

Life is all about opportunities. And anyone can tell you if you don’t answer the door when opportunity comes knocking, then you’re really not trying. One man who knows about opportunity is Chad Cargill, head coach of the RDC badminton team.

“I played for two years at Red Deer College. And then I played for two years at NAIT. NAIT is where my game went to the next level. And I had a great coach there by the name of Jordan Richey,” said Cargill. Richey still coaches there to this day and is the man who Cargill credits for getting him into coaching as well.

After that he played with Alan Chow. “I get a lot from him and his roommate is Jon Vandervet.” Vandervet is a former national champion in badminton. Cargill would get together quite often with the badminton stars. “Twice a week I would go train with those guys.”

Cargill trained with a national champion and provincial champion and believes iron sharpens iron. “It’s another level. That was a great opportunity for me to learn. I learned a lot from those guys.”

And now Cargill is trying to pass it on to his team at RDC who currently sits in second place in the ACAC badminton standings.

And to pass on his experience, Cargill is looking first to his strong female contingent of badminton players.

“My leader for sure is Mary Smith,” said Cargill. “She went to nationals last year in mixed doubles. She also won the first singles tournament of the year.”

It was opportunity that came knocking when Mizuki Awai came to RDC through the College’s sister school in Hokkaido, Japan. Awai was spotted playing intramural badminton for fun but Cargill saw more.

“They didn’t even know it was try-outs. They just came out and started playing and when I saw them I thought I have to get those girls.”

Cargill is confident in his female and male squads. He’s just up against tougher competition in the male league. “My guys are actually pretty strong. The only problem is the rest of the league is very strong.”

Which may have prompted him to look for more opportunities to make his team stronger. “We actually got Dave King, who plays on the men’s volleyball team. When he’s able to, he plays mixed doubles.”

Cargill likes what he sees in King. “He’s extremely strong.”

And you should take the opportunity to catch the badminton team play in Edmonton or even practice here in Red Deer if you get the chance.

“It would be nice if we played in Red Deer. It’s high level badminton and I don’t think people appreciate that.”

Even other athletes marvel at the skills of the badminton team said Cargill. “It’s always funny because the volleyball team or the soccer team will come to the gym before they travel and just watch badminton if we’re playing and they’re always floored. They say this is unbelievable!”

The opportunity to see the Kings and Queens badminton team play could be a closing door. With Mount Royal moving to the CIS next year, there may not be a program for RDC and the two remaining ACAC schools with badminton teams.

This year is also the last year to see Cargill coach the badminton team. He’s taking advantage of another opportunity, to play dad.

sports@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Innisfail RCMP investigate serious collision west of Innisfail

One of the passengers was taken by STARS air ambulance to the hospital

The Red Deer Home Renovation & Design Show runs through to Sunday at Westerner Park

Lots of ideas for fall renovation, decor, design, organization, construction and indoor living projects

Red Deer RCMP investigate second failed ATM theft attempt

This is the second attempt to steal the ATM from Eastview IGA in less than a week

Get your scare on at the annual Zed Haunted House

The haunted house opens tonight at 6833 66th St.

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

Trump: ‘Severe’ consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said it had obtained audio recordings of the alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Most Read