Last Wednesday evening I had the joy of attending the weekly badminton session at Wānaka Recreation Centre (WRC)—and discovered that it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never played at all.
The badminton sessions have been running since 2016 and are open to year 11s and older.
“All gear is provided, the sessions have no specific structure, doubles are played by the majority to ensure the maximum are on court at all times, singles will be played if numbers are lower and court space is available, the aim is to have people playing as much as possible and combinations may be swapped after games.” said WRC recreation programmes coordinator Penny Batchelor. “The vibe is awesome, it can get competitive but in a nice way, people ensure that the pairings are as even as possible. It’s great to see the variety of people that come and play.”
Batchelor added, “It’s great to see those with more experience helping other players out with coaching tips etcetera, everyone is very willing to share their badminton knowledge.”
There were five courts in action on the night and no two games were the same.
The badminton sessions are held at WRC on Wednesday nights.
Each session costs $5 per person and currently run from 7-9pm, although session times are subject to change.