SURREY â€” A powerhouse Fraser Heights Firehawks badminton team brought gold home from Kamloops over the weekend.
In a 16-team tournament, the 16-member coed squad earned a provincial high school title for the second straight year.
In the best-of-11 final round of team play, the Firehawks downed St. Georgeâ€™s/Crofton House by a score of 8-3, capping an impressive 59-7 record for Fraser Heights in the three-day tourney.
The teamâ€™s win-loss record tied an all-time tournament record set in 1999 by H.J. Cambie.
â€œThis could be the greatest single team performance in provincial badminton history,â€ coach David Dryden told the Now.
â€œThis week capped off what I would label the â€˜perfect season,â€™ going undefeated in league play, team tournaments, zone playoffs, and now the provincials,â€ Dryden added. â€œAnd with the majority of players graduating this year, it was an emotional win for everyone. This year and this team will never be forgotten.â€
In badminton, it was the fifth medal for Fraser Heights in the past six years â€“ bronze in 2010, gold in 2012, silver in 2013, gold in 2014 and gold in 2015.