City should consider badminton courts at youth-centre site
In response to your request for suggestions for a replace for the McArthur Island Youth Centre (‘When youth yields to old age,’ Aug. 30):
Your article mentions a racquet club for squash and racquetball players.
Very nice but, as usual, the world’s fastest racquet sport, badminton, is once again ignored.
Badminton is a hugely popular sport in most of the world and has grown rapidly in North America. In the Vancouver/Richmond area, three new badminton-only venues have been built to cater to the increasing demand for this sport.
I am a senior and have played twice a week for the last seven years at the youth centre.
If a racquet-sports facility is to be constructed, badminton courts should be included and they should be of such quality that Kamloops could be considered for such events as Canadian, North American and world championship tournaments.
After all, we are called the Tournament Capital of Canada.
I would hate to see the McArthur Island Youth Centre disappear because other venues, including school gymnasiums are not really adequate for proper badminton play.
Please consider this wonderful, fast-moving and entertaining sport in your deliberations as to what, if anything, will replace the venerable facility.
Wayne and Lynette Fullerton