Achievement of Ottawa Players in the World Seniors & Masters - 2009

Ian Bishop is a long time member of RA Badminton Club. He has won 17 Canadian singles and doubles masters titles, and has captured the Ontario masters singles titles for the past 13 years

On Oct 10-18, 2009, Ian made his debut in the international competition. He brought back gold and silver medals from the world Seniors and Masters in Sydney, Australia.

He was invited to play on an American squad in the 60-plus open badminton team competition at the World Masters Games, a multi-sport competition that attracted 28,000 athletes. He won two of his matches as the Pencil Necks defeated a New Zealand team 12-6 and won the gold medal.

In singles, Bishop earned the silver medal in the same age class, but he felt he could have taken the gold if he hadn't injured his right knee.

Despite the meniscus injury, he showed courage in defeating Ramakrishnan Menon of India 10-15, 15-11, 15-12 in the semifinal. But his knee severely restricted his movement in the final as he lost to American Hubert Miranda 15-8, 15-5.

On the tennis courts, the Ottawa team of Susan Simmons and Jennifer Stiell won the bronze medal in open 40-44 women's doubles. At the 2005 Games in Edmonton, they were over-30 and over-40 gold medallists.

Both Susan and Jennifer also play badminton in the RA Centre.


(Source was from an article written by Martin Cleary Published: Saturday, November 07, 2009: Ottawa Citizen)