Interlake badminton players competing in nationals

Christopher Wiebe (right) of Stonewall, Man. will be competing in the 2020 Yonex Senior Badminton National Championships in Winnipeg from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2020. (File photo: Brook Jones/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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Four members of the Interlake Badminton Club in Stonewall, three of whom hail from the Interlake region, will be competing in front of a home crowd at the 2020 Yonex Senior National Badminton Championships in Winnipeg from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

Stonewall’s Dale Kinley will take part in both men’s and mixed doubles at nationals with Winnipeg’s Rylan Ramnarace and clubmate Emalia Sinclair, respectively. Kinley and Ramnarace are ranked sixth and fifth, respectively in the province in men’s doubles with both of them reaching the semifinals in provincials last April. In mixed doubles, Kinley is ranked second and Sinclair sixth provincially.

Sinclair, who is from Warren, is one of Manitoba’s best young players, topping the under-19 provincial rankings in both women’s singles and doubles. At the senior level, she is ranked first in Manitoba in women’s singles and second in women’s doubles. Her doubles partner will be clubmate Serenity Poirier from Lac du Bonnet.

Just like Kinley, Christopher Wiebe is also from Stonewall and is a former provincial high school badminton champion. Wiebe has entered in the men’s singles event as well as men’s and mixed doubles, but his partners are yet to be determined. Wiebe is ranked seventh in the province in men’s singles and eighth in men’s doubles. He is also a member of the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers men’s soccer team.

Poirier is ranked 13th in women’s singles in Manitoba, but fourth in women’s doubles and 21st in mixed doubles. However, at the under-19 level, she is second in women’s singles and doubles, as well as third in mixed doubles. She is first in the under-17 women’s singles and doubles and second in under-17 mixed doubles. She will compete in women’s doubles with Sinclair and mixed doubles with Winnipeg’s Paul Brown.

The national championships will take place inside the Prairie Badminton Club in Winnipeg.