Jonathan Barton competes at the 2016 North Central Badminton Tournament in Prince George.

Rupertites return from North Central Badminton tourney

Quality badminton was on display as Rupert residents Jonathan Barton, Amy Dopson, Tam Tran and Phat Tran represented the area

Quality North Coast badminton was on display in Prince George as Rupert residents Jonathan Barton, Amy Dopson, Tam Tran and Phat Tran represented the area at the 2016 North Central Badminton Tournament in late April.

Playing against highly-skilled opponents from around western Canada, the four played in various divisions, from mixed doubles to men’s doubles to men’s and women’s singles.

Phat Tran tied for third overall in the toughest men’s singles division, the open division, while Tam and Barton tied for third in the men’s doubles open division – also the toughest, having players from ages 19 – 39.

Dopson played with Tam in the mixed double’s division and against top-tier players such as Olivia Mcclair, Malachi Rustad and Rea Barber.

In a game against each other, Phat and Tam battled to a straight sets win by Phat. Phat and partner Erica Camfferman also defeated Tam and Dopson 21-12, 21-16 in a mixed doubles’ matchup.

Barton won every game he was involved in (men’s doubles and men’s singles) except for two, going 7-2 on the weekend.