Prairie Badminton holds the role of the coach to a high standard. Our coaches understand their impact on their athlete’s lives and the opportunity to push an individual to grow in and outside of badminton. The coaches at Prairie Badminton have a long history of growing the sport and volunteering their time to grow a sport they believe in.
I grew up a multi-sport athlete in Riverton MB and transitioned to full-time badminton while completing my Bachelor of Kinesiology at University of Manitoba. In addition to meeting some of my best friends through badminton I’ve been fortunate to learn many valuable life skills while winning multiple Provincial Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles titles.
Over the last 12 years I have coached everything from Beginner to Team Manitoba, from athlete to coach, and from young to old; including teaching the Competitive Development Course (NCCP) at the BWF World Junior Championships Coaching Conference in 2018.
I believe that God has created people in his image and for a purpose, and that every person who steps through our doors are of the same high intrinsic value, bringing unique gifts and talents with them. And so I’m excited to meet you and get to know you!
I married my best friend Michelle Giesbrecht in 2011 and we have two kids, Ezra and Isaiah.
I attended the University of Winnipeg where I achieved my Bachelor of Arts (Major in Kinesiology) in 2009, shortly after which I heavily applied myself to badminton and climbed the rankings, began coaching, and have been fortunate to win several Provincial Doubles Championships.
I began coaching to improve myself as a player, but found a great eagerness in helping others improve. I was Head Coach at the Wildewood Club, Assistant Coach at the Winnipeg Winter Club, and have been Provincial Coach for Badminton Manitoba since 2014. I was head coach for Team MB at the 2015 and 2019 Canada Winter Games, and 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, as well as for Team Blue at the 2010 and 2014 Manitoba Winter Games.
I am a Competition Development certified coach, a Master Learning Facilitator and Coach Developer for Shuttle Time, Regional Coach and Provincial Coach streams of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
I married my sweetheart Bree Anderson in June of 2018 and we’re expecting our first child in May 2019!
I have been one of Manitoba’s top doubles and mixed doubles players for the past few years, earning three Mixed Doubles Provincial Championships. I have run the Interlake Badminton Club out of Stonewall for about 8 years, and have extensive training in Manitoba and in Richmond BC out ClearOne Badminton Centre where I assisted and learned from Olympian and renowned coach Darryl Yung.
I represented Manitoba as a coach at numerous Junior Nationals, Western Canadian Team Championships, and was head coach for Team Interlake/East at the Manitoba Winter Games. I also am proud to have won a bronze medal in U23 Men’s Doubles at the 2015 Jr National Championships held in Winnipeg MB.
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Khanh Mai (Phil) – Community Relations
He is also the former owner of Little Dragons Badminton which trained and encouraged competitive athletes to pursue their badminton goals.
Phil can be seen around Prairie Badminton Leading Programs/Groups, Stringing Rackets, Handling Reception, and pretty much anything else!
Phil has a Diploma in Multimedia Communications from St. Boniface College and Community Development from Red River College.