I am writing in regards to the rebuilding of Cordova Bay Hall. I have been very upset by the misinformation that has been circulated through flyers and petitions in the area. This letter only addresses one of the many misconceptions that are being put forward regarding this club. I have lived in Saanich for approximately 30 years and am currently a joint owner of our home in this municipality.
I first played badminton in the hall when I was 15, and am now 61 and am still playing there. There are 100 members and approximately 300 more that use the club, all at no expense to Saanich. The community that plays in the hall is nothing but inclusive. The players there are aged from four to over 80, and range from recreational players using plastic shuttles to elite provincial level open players and everything in between.
There is also coaching available at all levels for those who wish to improve their game. Badminton Victoria runs as many grass-roots development programs as they can find court space for (currently four hours a week). All players of any age are also welcome in the drop-in sessions that have room for more players. It is a unique environment where the stronger players know and support the weaker players, and younger players interact with older players, rather than always being segregated into their own programs.
This intermingling of age groups is exactly what all the experts say we need in our society, and it is already happening here without any forcing of the issue.
The idea that this is an exclusive club is nothing short of ridiculous. In its completed stage, it will also include space for meeting rooms, a fitness centre and anything else that may be requested. We have also had interest expressed by pickle-ball and table tennis. The only thing limiting our accessibility is space. I can’t believe that Saanich council would consider shutting this place down after 60 years.