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Double consolation for Lynn Michel at Canadian Masters
SudburySports.com - Tennis/Squash/Badminton Golf Sudbury Double consolation for Lynn Michel at Canadian Masters College Boreal badminton coach Lynn Michel is entitled to change the common saying slightly when guiding her troops, after reaching the podium twice during the 2012 Canadian Masters Badminton Championships earlier this month in Quebec City. Michel teamed with Daniel Couture to capture the consolation title of the Mixed Doubles-40 grouping and duplicated that feat with fellow Sudburian Sarah Ball in the Ladies Doubles-40 classification. Also competing in the Mixed Doubles-45 and Ladies Doubles-45 divisions, Michel would do battle in an even dozen matches in the event that lasted five days. Couture and Michel bounced back from a second round loss to Eric Demeule/Josee Ruelland (19-21, 24-22, 19-21), running off three consecutive victories, beating Ian Assing/Angela Bukowski (21-13, 21-10), Eric Vaillancourt/Dominique Roussel (21-14, 21-9) and David Chan/Carol Burnett (21-12, 21-28) en route to the consolation crown. Michel and Ball fared nearly as well in their natural age grouping (45), advancing to the championship semi-final before being sent to the sidelines by the eventual gold medal winners, Aine Humble/Shirley Thomson. Partnered with David Pealow for the Mixed Doubles-45 competition, Michel and company bested Jose Arsenault/Joelle Mimeault (21-9, 21-19) but were knocked out in the second round by Grant Pittman/Joyce Pittman (8-21, 7-21). During her career at College Boreal, Michel has been a multiple winner of the OCAA Coach of the Year honours, regularly helping to secure championship banners for the small francophone college.
Lynn Michel develops her badminton game as a player and coach
SudburySports.com - Tennis/Squash/Badminton King Sportswear Lynn Michel develops her badminton game as a player and coach Not exactly the case for accomplished Collège Boréal badminton coach Lynn Michel, who acknowledges that her involvement in the sport did not begin until well after her post-secondary studies had ended. Growing up, volleyball was the sport of choice for Michel, with a mix of basketball added in to the potluck of athletic pursuits. Though it might be hard to believe it these days, Michel's start in badminton was an inauspicious one, a little happen-chance mixed in with good fortune. An active member at the Sudbury YMCA, she stumbled across a very accomodating group of players more than willing to welcome her into the fold, passing along whatever advice they could. For Michel, the entire atmostphere that surrounded her first taste of badminton played a huge role in her ever-increasing affinity for the sport. ""I think it was a combination of having someone actually welcome you in the sport. I started just like anybody, not even winning any games, moving from beginner to intermediate and then competitive", she says. That was about 15 years ago and little could Michel have predicted the gradual expansion of her badminton horizons over time. Her steady progression as a player gave way to tournament play and success along the way, a snowball effect that so often pushes forward the competitive edge of athletes. A registered nurse by trade, Michel required surgery some eight years ago, forcing her to take some time away from the courts, at least as a player. Given the fact that she had begun making a name for herself within local badminton circles, she was approached by the crew at Collège Boréal to see if any interest in coaching existed. Michel readily admits that the request could not have come at a better time, providing wonderful therapy throughout her rehabilitation process. "Coaching was a good thing (for my recovery). It's different than playing...a chance to pass along what you've learned and seeing what these kids can do." What "these kids" can do has been nothing short of amazing for a school that is dwarfed in student body size by much of their OCAA competition. With just two years to work with the majority of her nine or ten person team, Michel has produced a string a provincial medal winners in recent history, a competitiveness that is astounding given the starting point of many of her athletes. "We get a variety of athletes - beginners that have not held a raquet at all, some students that have played at the elementary level in their hometown. Taking students who initially don't even know how to hold a raquet and taking them within two years to Regionals and Provincials, that's pretty good", sums up Michel. Pretty good indeed - enough to catch the attention of local sports observers as Lynn Michel finds herself among the three finalists for the House of Kin Hall of Fame Dinner Coach of the Year nominees. Naturally, she is quick to share the accolades. "I consider myself very lucky to have the help of some great assistant coaches - Denis Dionne and Sarah Ball - they're very knowledgeable and the field...and they're great friends. Michel also notes an added bonus tied in to her badminton involvement. She remains a focal point with the Sudbury Badminton Club, an organization that also calls the gymnasium at Collège Boréal home on a couple of nights a week. The synergies with the Vipères varsity team are not difficult to find. "Having the club at Boreal gives the students extra time and a chance to play with adult competition", says Michel. Through it all, one gets the sense that while the podium finishes are appreciated, they are clearly not what drives Lynn Michel. Her love of the sport, she believes, comes in part from an appreciation for the sheer sportsmanship of the game and the fact that it lends itself easily to becoming a family affair.
Boreal head coach Lynn Michel is the OCAA East coach of the year and a nominee for the CCAA coach of the year.
Boreal had a successful regional tournament, producing both the women's and mixed winners as well as the third place team in men's doubles. All are participating at the OCAA championships. Boreal women's team finished first at the East regional while placing second overall. Michel has been head coach of Boreal since 2001 and is a three-time OCAA coach of the year.
- Collège Boréal badminton coach Lynn Michel (left) was doing some competing of her own recently.
Lynn Michel - College Boréal, OCAA
A Boreal head coach since 2011, Michel strives to inspire her athletes. Her players include the Sudbury Kinsmen amateur athlete of the year, a Junior National competitor, and several OCAA medal-winners. The Boreal Vipères are ranked in tenth place.