Tritons strike gold in badminton, squash regionals

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Badminton and squash athletes from CFB Esquimalt have added to Esquimalt’s impressive list of 2023 Canada West regional sports titles.

The Esquimalt Tritons teams recently claimed three Canada West badminton and two squash gold medals in regional tournaments held concurrently at the Naden Athletic Centre, Feb. 20-24. Both events were the first Canada West tournaments for badminton and squash since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three years ago.

CFB Esquimalt Tritons squash and badminton team members pose together. Way to go!

CFB Esquimalt Tritons squash and badminton team members pose together. Way to go teams!


Badminton titles

Tritons players captured three of eight badminton titles in their Canada West regional tournament, which included 45 competitors.

The Tritons’ winners included Sailor Third Class (S3) Van Nyugen of the Canadian Submarine Force and Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A/Slt) Roger Quach of Naval Fleet School (Pacific). S3 Nyugen won the Open Doubles title by defeating Edmonton 21:12, while A/Slt Quach scored a 21:17.

S3 Nyugen also claimed the tournament’s Open Singles Championship with a 21:11, 21:19 victory over his doubles partner, A/SLt Quach.

In the Masters Singles championship, Sailor First Class (S1) Jian Hua Guo defeated Edmonton’s Sergeant (Sgt) William Woods 21:10, 21:9.

Lieutenant (Navy) Mikail Uddin, Badminton Team Captain and Base Orderly Room Officer in Charge, praised all winners and competitors for their sportsmanship, dedication to practice and hard work.

CFB Tritons Badmonton Team

CFB Tritons Badminton team members: CPO2 Nathan Allen, Pte Yu Lie, SLt Roger Quach, S1 Jason Chan, S3 Van Nguyen, S1 Jian Hua Guo, Lt(N) Alex Uddin

Squash titles

Esquimalt’s two squash victories were won by Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) Timothy King and Captain (Capt) Min Suk (Tony) Kim of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.

CPO1 King faced Corporal Jason Sheardown from CFB Winnipeg,
while Capt Kim faced Capt McIntosh from Cold Lake. Both beat their opponents 3-0 for the U-30 title in the Open category. The tournament had a total of 22 competitors.

CPO1 King, Branch Chief of Base Administration, was defeated by Cpl Sheardown in 2019 in Moose Jaw, so his victory was especially sweet.

“I spent the last three years improving my game in hopes we [would] play again,” he said, adding his victory offered some vindication and helped stoke a new rivalry with his opponent from Manitoba.

Earlier this year, the men’s, women’s and senior men’s hockey teams, men’s and women’s volleyball, and men’s basketball teams captured Canada West crowns. The Base’s basketball, volleyball and hockey teams have earned berths in national finals tournaments being held this month and later this Spring.

CFB Esquimalt Tritons squash team members

CPO1 Tim King (Base Admin), Capt Min Suk (Tony) Kim (443 Sqn), CPO2 Kevin Woods (NPTG), Lt(N) Gordon Graham (HMCS Vancouver), CPO2 Keith Parsons (FMF CB), S1 Kyle Reyes (Naden Band), MS Gemma Duhme (Base Logistics)

Want to join in the fun?

If any uniformed personnel are interested in joining either squash or badminton, please have them contact myself for squash ( or Lt(N) Uddin for badminton (  


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