7, 2002, Gazette)
Photo by Pamela Gill
Geoffrey Pye, pictured in the SWGC gym, is
setting his sights on the Canada Winter Games.
On this incredibly icy Corner Brook morning, Geoffrey Pye holds a picket
sign denouncing student debt and stands shivering at the edge of the Grenfell
Today Mr. Pye, a second-year in the outdoor pursuits stream of the environmental
studies program, is representing the student body in his role as general
councillor on the Grenfell College Student Union.
But when hes not outside fighting for student rights or hiking through
the backwoods as a member of Grenfells Outdoors Club, youll
find Mr. Pye practising his swing in the Grenfell College gymnasium. The
Trout River native has been playing badminton since Grade 5, and with
any luck, may land himself a spot on the Newfoundland and Labrador team
for the 2003 Canada Winter Games in New Brunswick.
While he learned the game at the age of 10, he didnt consider playing
competitively until a few years later.
I picked it up recreationally because some of the older kids would
play a lot and had a badminton club, he said, adding that in a small
community like Trout River, there arent many squash or tennis courts.
Badminton was a sport that required few resources but resulted in maximum
The amusement soon developed into technique and skill, however, and by
his junior high school years, people were starting to recognize Mr. Pyes
By Grade 8, I started winning (tournaments), and it took off from
there and people noticed, he said, adding that over the years
hes accumulated more medals and won more provincial championships
in the under-14, -16 and -19 categories than he can count.
by Pamela Gill
Goeffrey Pye, a general councillor on the Grenfell
College Student Union, participated in a demonstration against student
debt last week. His role as a councillor falls into an already busy slate
of activities, including studying, playing badminton and participating
in trips organized by Grenfells Outdoor Club.
Since arriving at Grenfell, hes had to
juggle an impressive timetable filled with courses, Outdoor Club excursions
and Grenfell College Student Union meetings and activities. Its
no surprise then that he hasnt been able to spend as much time on
his game as hed like.
Still, just before Christmas, he attended a Canada Games badminton training
camp in St. Johns in the hopes that hell qualify for the 2003
games. Hopeful athletes are required to attend a number of camps and compete
in various tournaments before a decision is made by a committee of Badminton
Newfoundland and Labrador, the provincial governing body. The tournaments
in which Mr. Pye plays will also be taken into account. Over the past
four years since the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, the list
of candidates has gradually been narrowed, and now Mr. Pye has just one
more camp this summer before the final decision is made.
The Canada Games is probably my main goal (with respect to badminton),
he said, noting that when he graduates from Grenfell College, he hopes
to attend law school, or perhaps start his own adventure tourism business
in Gros Morne National Park. And whether or not hes fortunate enough
to make the Games team, hell always play badminton recreationally.
Ultimately, I play badminton because its a lot of fun,
Mr. Pye says. I like the people associated with it theyre
a good group of people.