Roger Snook at CAF badminton nationals in Borden, Ont.
Master Corporal Roger Snook, originally from Sunnyside, now in Gander, had a great finish at the Canadian Armed Forces badminton nationals in Borden, Ont. recently.
Snook was ousted in the semi-finals of the event, which saw other competitors from Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and Pacific regions.
He told TC Media the tournament was a “blast”.
“It was the highest level of competition you could imagine,” said Snook.
He says, typically, the highest calibre of play comes from Quebec.
Snook was the only Newfoundlander on the Atlantic team, alongside nine other badminton players from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
He was also one of the oldest competitors at the event — at 55 years of age. He credits badminton with keeping his heart and lungs healthy.
Playing badminton is an essential part of Snook’s life, having played in 25 regional tournaments and 12 nationals over his 33 years in the military.
“I loved every minute of it and made friends all over the country,” he said. “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Snook says this year may be his last, but “it’s hard to give up something that you love.”