Multicultural Tournament brings together multiethnic communities

Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury Club scores high yet again
This story replaces the earlier story posted under the title, ‘Canterbury Telugu Badminton Club stages multicultural Tournament’

Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury President Rajeswar Peddisetti with some of the winners at the 2021 Annual Tournament (Photo Supplied)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, December 23, 2021

The Annual Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury Tournament 2021 held at the Badminton Canterbury Hall, Christchurch last fortnight was one of the finest, setting a new trend in extensive participation.

With 114 registered players, of which 106 were at the nets over two days, the Tournament not only brought the best talents in Badminton but also demonstrated the spirit of unity and multicultural bond that is inherent in our society today.

Winners, officials and others at the Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury Tournament 2021 (Photo Supplied)

Five Match Categories

Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2021 witnessed 174 matches played in all the five possible categories, namely, Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.  

Four events were held on December 11, 2021. They were Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, played with Mains and Plates for all the events.  

Allan Spinks, Arnie Ferreras, Arun Thomas, Derek Chow, Megan Heaney

On December 12, 2021, Men’s Doubles was played with 74 players.

Based on the performance in the initial rounds, the Mixed Doubles teams entered one of the five Divisions, A to E, with A being the top-level Division.  

The Winners
Sixteen Trophies and 42 Medals were presented to the winners.
Among them were Men’s Singles Winner and Men’s Doubles Runner Up: Anu Ahuja
Men’s Singles Runner Up and Men’s Doubles Runner Up: Jeremiah Manickam 
Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Winner: Megan Heaney 
Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles Winner: Kate Duffield
Men’s Singles Bronze Winner and Men’s Doubles A Grade Winner: Derek Chow 
Men’s Doubles A Grade Winner: Jason Hsu 
Mixed Doubles Winner and Men’s Doubles B Grade Winner: Rashid Mohammed

Girish Shirodkar, Jeremiah Manickam, Pranavi Peddisetti

Exciting opportunity
Eben Anil, aged 10, the youngest player of the Tournament, said that the matches provided him with an opportunity to challenge the senior players.

Eben Anil, Jasper and Jason Zhang

“It was great to participate in this grand Tournament. It boosted my confidence as I won against my seniors a few times. I am more encouraged now to face adults. I thank the Telugu Badminton Club for providing me with this opportunity,” he said.

Telugu Badminton Club of Canterbury Inc President Rajeswar Peddisetti said, “We are happy that this tournament involved players from the wider community. This Tournament gave players an opportunity to perform to their full potential. The Club will be back with more exciting tournaments and events in the future.” 

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