Monika Gorzelek returned to the sport of badminton this year after taking a few years off. Gorzelek, 26, is a Masters student at UNBC. Before coming to Prince George, she attended the University of Guelph, playing badminton for the junior varsity team.
“I didn’t win any major titles or anything like that. I just played on the team. I was just proud to be on the team,” said Gorzelek, who now plays for fun. Over the weekend Gorzelek was took part in the Prince George Racquets Club Open at Kelly Road Secondary School. About 45 competitors from B.C. played in the three day event.
“It’s been fun. I haven’t necessarily been winning. It’s just been fun to come out and play,” said Gorzelek, who lost the singles consolation final.
Gorzelek started playing tennis at a young age. When she was in grade six she discovered badminton and never looked back.
“I like tennis but I’d rather be playing badminton,” she said. These days she played in the adult league as well as coaching when she has the chance.
“It’s nice to coach the kids. I’d like to see the sport grow in the city. It would be great if we had our own facility to play in,” said Gorzelek. She uses the sport as a way to stay in shape.
“I’m getting out the aggression. That’s why I play badminton. I just started playing more serious. It’s a nice distraction from school and it keeps me in shape,” said Gorzelek.