OSHAWA, Ont. (from UOIT Ridgebacks) – After back-to-back impressive performances, UOIT freshman Zhiyi Chen (Newmarket, Ont.) was named an OUA peak performer.
This marked the first time in the two-year history of the program that a Ridgeback badminton player won the award.
“This is a really special award, and Zhiyi is richly deserving of it,” said UOIT head coach Wayne King. “There are few badminton athletes who have won this award in my experience, and it is really exciting for our team, for our athletes and for the coaching staff.”
A week after reaching the finals of the Ryerson Open – the first ever Ridgeback to reach an A Flight finals – Chen helped the UOIT badminton continue their strong campaign at the Ridgeback Team Competition.
At the event, Chen went 4-0 in his matches. In round robin play, he was 3-0 including two men’s singles victories and a men’s doubles win, teaming up with his brother Sheng Chen. In the playoffs, he had a men’s singles victory.
The Forensic Science student helped his team finish in first place in round robin play, which featured a total of eight teams and ended up winning his final match in men’s singles, capping off what has been an outstanding stretch for the first-year player.