Whereas many individuals could not have heard of the sporting self-discipline of Racketlon, a mixture of 4 racket sports activities, Serge Saint-Andre has shortly emerged as one in all Canada’s prime gamers within the multi-sport exercise. Racketlon consists of 4 racket sports activities: desk tennis (ping-pong), badminton, squash and tennis. The 4 sports activities play on this order, from the smaller racket to the larger one.
Saint-Andre first heard about Racketlon when it was launched in Finland, on the flip of the century, however didn’t have the time to pursue it. That every one modified final yr when he was transitioning between jobs.
“A yr in the past I used to be within the course of of adjusting my skilled profession and it gave me a possibility to replace my ranges within the 4 disciplines,” Saint-Andre stated. “I noticed that I used to be nonetheless at a reasonably good degree.”
There are a number of hundred racketlonians in Quebec and Canada has the second largest variety of gamers on this planet behind Sweden, the place the game was born.
After six months of coaching, he entered a event in Laval and, earlier than lengthy, he had accrued sufficient event factors to earn a spot on Crew Canada, which was headed to a collection of tournaments in Copenhagen.
Teamed up with Glenn Cleland and Peter Brix, Saint-Andre posted a 1-1 file within the World Crew Championship. Within the ensuing World Doubles Championship, Brix and Saint-Andre downed groups from Germany and Finland earlier than shedding to a Czech group.
“It was an ideal expertise,” Saint-Andre stated. “Within the group’s competitors we gained our first two matches earlier than shedding and because the tournaments are single-elimination, that was it for us. One sport the place all of the Canadians must do higher is squash. Nice Britain was dominant in squash, they play it like we play hockey.”
Saint-Andre, who was named town of Dorval’s Director of Sports activities, Recreation and Cultural Affairs in Could, after spending 11 years as an government with YMCA Quebec, returned from Denmark decided to enhance in two areas, desk tennis and squash. He’s coaching for squash at Côte de Liesse and desk tennis at Claude Robillard and plans on enjoying in as many Racketlon tournaments within the coming yr as potential.