Badminton master wins double gold

Chilliwack's Gord McConnell won two of the four events he entered at the 2013 Yonex Canadian Masters Badminton Championships.

Gord McConnell took on the world’s best, and came home with two gold medals from the 2013 Yonex Canadian Masters Badminton Championships.

The 70-year-old joined a field of 193 competitors, playing on 10 courts in Richmond last weekend.

He competed in four events, winning his first gold in men’s 70+ doubles.

McConnell teamed up with Kamloops native Murray Foubister, taking on Darryl Knott (Canada) and Jan Syberg (United States) in quarter-final action.

After beating them, McConnell and his partner advanced to face Daryl Bissell (Canada) and David Brown (Canada) in a semi-final. After dropping the first game 19-21, McConnell and Foubister roared back to take the best-of-three 21-17 and 21-17.

In the final, they beat Japan’s Akira Hirota and American Gord Peerman 21-18 and 21-19.

In mixed doubles, McConnell joined up with Vancouver’s Joanne Sullivan.

They beat Peerman and Eliana Shroeder (Peru) in the quarter-final, then topped Bissell and Margaret Hudson (Canada) in the semi.

In the final, they topped the Cotes of Ottawa, Wilford and Solange, 21-17 and 25-23.

“The international nature of the tournament was quite interesting,” McConnell said. “There were people from Indonesia, Great Britain and Trinidad and Tobago. And lots from the U-S and Canada.”

McConnell advanced to the semi-finals in 65+ men’s doubles and 70+ men’s singles.