15 Games and Counting

Connie Vincent lives in Campbell River, BC. She plays badminton up to three or four times a week. She plays in Campbell River in the 50+ daytime program and also travels 45 minutes to play at the CRA Seniors sessions in Courtenay!

Connie, whose ancestry is Swedish and Indigenous, grew up in Laidlaw, BC. During her schooling years, she played the sports offered in elementary school. In her high school years she attended Burnaby North. She played basketball, participated in all of the track and field events she could. She and her sister tried slo-pitch as well.

Connie, who turns 86 in May, began playing badminton in a recreation group in Chilliwack in 1972. Sometime later she moved to the Courtenay area and was playing badminton there. One day prior to the games, the badminton sport coordinator, Daryl Bissell, came to a session to let people know about the seniors games! Connie decided to enter her first games at age 70! She has only missed one set of games since then when she chose to go to Seattle to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play.

When asked why she has kept attending the games she said for the love of the game, because she meets new people and makes new friends at each set of games! For those reasons, she would recommend the 55+ Games to other people.

Connie, who almost always drives herself to and from the games, has medalled in each of the 15 games she has competed in. She has a regular doubles partner from Courtenay, Mary Reed, who is the same age and her mixed doubles partner, Russel Lang will be turning 80 this year! Not only does Connie play doubles and mixed she also plays singles in the games! Often she and her partners have to play down against younger age categories and do so with a smile! Hopefully in Kelowna, there will be some players in her age category and more new friends to meet and make!

Connie is extremely active when not playing badminton! The photo was taken on a hiking trip to Haida Gwaii.

Connie is a role model for all! She is self-taught but very smart on the court. She observes others and is a lifelong learner of the game! She covers the court very well and has wicked crosscourt shots! She has a great manner on the court and a competitive spirit but is truly a great sportswoman in our sport!

13 Comments
  1. Kathy Vincent 9 months ago

    Way to go Mom!!! We love you!
    Daughter, Kathy and son-in-law, Addy

  2. Lisa Garneau 9 months ago

    That’s my wonderful Mom ; she’s always inspired us in life by her perseverance, dedication and strength !! I’m the youngest of her five kids and she’s still teaching me !!

  3. Barbara Bellefleur 9 months ago

    What a lovely story. Connie is a true inspiration. Wishing Connie many more tournaments and badminton adventure near and far for the coming years!

  4. Betty -Ann Vincent 9 months ago

    What a beautiful write up Mom, I’m so proud of what you do. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  5. Joan Lightfoot 9 months ago

    Wow, Connie is a great inspiration to all. It is so lovely to see the support from her daughters too.

  6. Marlene Bilesky 9 months ago

    Absolutely amazing. What a role model for seniors. I attended my first games last year in womens ice hockey. And we won and had a fabulous time. I hope I can follow in your footsteps.

  7. Paul Jennings 9 months ago

    Great story on a great person. As Zone 2 Sport Coordinator for Badminton I have had the pleasure of working with Connie and her partners for many years. As Connie has mentioned it is not only the participation in the Games but the people you meet and the friendships that are formed over the years. Connie you are truly an inspiration for all of us who are participating or are thinking of participating in this year’s 55+ BC Games.

  8. Anna Robitaille 9 months ago

    Connie, it’s always an honour and pleasure to share badminton games with you. I always prefer to play with you than against you as you are such a strong competitor. I’ve also learned a lot from your play. I like to call you Pac-Man the way you cover the net. Nothing gets by you. Look forward to having many more games with or against you.

  9. Frances Lauritzen 9 months ago

    You are an amazing person Connie and such an inspiration to others. Congratulations on this well deserved article.
    Frances and Klaus

  10. Glen Stromquist 9 months ago

    That’s my Auntie Connie!

  11. Jeanelle Fischer 9 months ago

    Way to go Connie! I enjoy playing with you and wish you many more years on the court.

  12. Lorraine Forberg 9 months ago

    Connie you are definitely an inspiration to all of us! Always enjoy playing with you!

  13. Lorraine Forberg 9 months ago

    Connie you are an inspiration to all of us! Always enjoy playing with you!

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