Meet the Staff
MBA operates with a small permanent team including:
Corey Draper - Interim Executive Director
Corey Draper has 15 years of experience in amatuer sport management within the Sports Manitoba system. While new to the sport of Badminton, Corey has a wealth of knowledge in managing programs, leagues & tournaments. This includes hosting 3 national championships and 1 world championship while working for the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports. Corey looks forward to getting to meet people in the community and helping the MBA with all aspects of improving our organization's operations. A key focus will be member communication and updating administrative processes and procedures.
CAMP & CLINIC COACHES
Our on-going programming would not be possible without the work of our committed seasonal & casual coaches.
Dale Kinley is has been coaching and leading camps in clinics for the MBA for nearly a decade. He is both Regional- and Provincial-Coach Certified, a Competition-Development Coach In Training, as well as a Learning Facilitator In-Training. Prior to his current coaching position at Prairie Badminton, Dale operated and was the head coach of the Interlake Badminton Club in Stonewall, Manitoba. This upcoming winter, he planned to return to the Manitoba Winter Games once again as Head Coach of Team East.
In 2015, Dale was part of the Manitoba contingent at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC. Still active on the provincial and national scenes, he took home the Provincial Mixed Doubles title with his partner Katherine Lee in both 2017 and 2018, only narrowly missing a three-peat in 2019 when they were stopped in the semi-finals by the eventual winners. We look forward to watching this long-time coach take another run at the title in 2022.
Kyi Nichols has now spent two summers coordinating our Winnipeg camps, as well as facilitating upcoming summer clinics. He's been coaching for the MBA on a casual basis for four years.
A trained and certified Regional Coach, Kyi is a certified Shuttle Time coach and is now starting his Provincial Coach training. He is also a Regional Umpire-in-Training.
Kyi is a current MBA Team Manitoba athlete, and represented our province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. He has also represented the province at the Western Canadian Team Championships on three occasions.
Kyi just completed his second year at the University of Manitoba, and is looking forward to returning to competition in 2021-2022.
Emalia Sinclair assisted at our summer camps for one season before joining the team on a full-time basis in 2020 and 2021. You can expect to see her at clinics or mini-camps throughout the season.
A Regional Coach In-Training, Emalia was a 2020 recipient of Coaching Manitoba's Women to Watch Grant, which supports developing coaches further their training so that they can give back to their communities. Emalia is looking forward to being a Certified Regional Coach in 2021, after which she will focus on her return to the upcoming Manitoba Winter Games, this time as a coach for Winnipeg Blue rather than an athlete on Team West.
Emalia currently trains as a member of Team Manitoba, alongside Kevin and Kyi. She represented the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer and is currently the top-ranked female shuttler here in Manitoba.
Serenity Poirier first joined our summer camp team in the 2020 season as a Developing Coach and has been spending more time on court since helping athletes grow and develop.
A Regional Coach In-Training, Serenity enjoys introducing young players to the game she loves. Like most of her co-coaches, she is a member of the MBA's Team Manitoba and is eager to get back to provincial and national competition this fall. Serenity recently triple-crowned the 2021 Manitoba Yonex Junior Provincial Championship, and now holds the U19 Girls' Singles, Girls' Doubles, and Mixed Doubles titles. We can't wait to see what she does next!
Administration & Programs Assistant
Camp Leaders & Camp/Clinic Coaches
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