In her first year attending Cambrian
College, 18 year old Jody Carruthers established quite the benchmark,
accomplishing a handful of achievements for the Cambrian Varsity
badminton program. A gold medal at the Ontario College Athletic
Association (OCAA) badminton championships provided the proof that
Carruthers is one of the top female badminton players in the province.
Coordinator Bob Piche couldn’t be any happier for the young talent, as
he shared his thoughts toward her achievements and success in the
“Jody has accomplished
something that very few athletes get to experience, her hard work and
talent as an athlete has won her both provincial and nations honors
which put her with the best of the best elite athletes in the sport of
badminton,” said Piche.
Not only is she a gold
medallist but she is the only member of Team Ontario to medal at a
National level, a title any young athlete can be proud of. A genuinely
Carruthers also has an interest in soccer, volleyball and flag
football. While growing up however, it was badminton that drove her
competitive nature to the next level.
“I love to
play all of these, but I’ve been playing badminton for ten years and now
play at a national level,” said Carruthers. Cambrian’s badminton
reputation is amongst the best in the province, as the college continues
to produce highly-competitive athletes on the court year after year.
Realizing this made the skilled badminton competitor’s choice of
colleges to attend easy.
reason I came to Cambrian was because of the badminton team,” said
Carruthers. Before winning her gold medal at the OCAA championships,
Jody headed into the championship with little on her mind. “I never
really worried that much about the championships,” said Carruthers. “If
I think too much about something I get too nervous,” she added.
paid off for Carruthers as she brought the gold medal back to the
meant so much to me, and I was so happy to know that I was going to be
representing Cambrian at the nationals in British Columbia,” said
“Cambrian Athletics is proud to have a
student athlete such as Jody
involved in our program,” said Piche.
Carruthers continues to
look to the future, eyeing the Provincials and Nationals again in 2008.
The gifted bird-swatter is not
planning on hanging up the
racket anytime soon.
“I can see myself with
badminton as a hobby for the rest of my life, until I am unable to
walk,” said Carruthers.
“I can see
myself with badminton as a hobby for the rest of my life, until I am
unable to walk”