On July 25, Channarong Ratanaseangsuang, a former No. 1 men’s singles and doubles badminton player visited the Summerland Badminton Club.
Ratanaseangsuang played in the Tuesday night ladder with members of the local club. He was born in Thailand, and has spent his life playing and coaching badminton. He moved to Canada in 1966 and played on three Canadian Thomas Cup Teams, won eight National Open Championships and won the 1985 World Seniors Championship in doubles.
Due to his achievements in badminton, he received the Alberta Achievement Awards in 1975 and 1976 and has been inducted into Sports Halls of Fame in the United States, Sweden, and Thailand.
He was presented with the Vanier Award for Outstanding Young Canadian, the Alberta 3M Coaching Award, the Government of Canada Certificate of Merit, and the International Badminton Federation Meritorious Service Award.
Ratanaseangsuang coached at the Glencoe Club in Calgary for 40 years until his retirement.
At 78, he still enjoys a good game of badminton.