The vision of Rally Niagara Badminton is to foster an enthusiasm for the sport of badminton and its related health benefits through an introduction of the game to new players as well as provide a challenging environment for experienced players.
Rally Niagara Badminton Club was launched in 2011 by Mike & Cara Hacker. Mike has been part of the sport for over 30 years as a player and a coach. He has a passion for the sport of Badminton and his mission is to provide an encouraging environment for the beginner through advanced badminton players by providing instruction on the ‘finer points’ of the game to youth and adults.
Open badminton is a year round program whereby adults, families, seniors, & youth are welcome to come out and enjoy recreational and/or competitive badminton play.
The youth program runs with two separate sessions from September thru December & January thru April. Primary goals are:
Mike Hacker has played badminton for over 25 years and has participated in tournaments and clubs in 6 states, Canada, and England. He is coaching certified through USA badminton and has instructed adults via community education as well as children at YMCA and after school programs. Coach Mike instructs the Youth basic group.
Bena Lun began playing badminton in 2009 in her native country, Canada. She is currently a member of the Rally Niagara Badminton Club and plays in an advanced badminton club through the Ken-Ton Community Education program. Bena plays at a high level in regional tournaments and in addition to badminton, enjoys tennis, skiing, and doting on her three cats.
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Christina Malyn-Gossett started playing badminton seven years ago after watching her father compete in the National Senior Games Association Badminton championships. From the moment she got her first racket, Christina fell in love with the sport; entering tournament competition five years ago around Western New York, and Toronto. Most recently, Christina medaled in women's doubles in the last two tournaments with her current partner, Bena Lun, as well as medaling in mixed doubles in her last tournament. Christina earner her Master's degree in Elementary education and has been working with children on many levels for many years, ranging from teaching Sunday school to working in a day care center. Currently, she works in the family business at Malyn Industrial Ceramics in Clarence Center and continues to play badminton every chance she gets.
Rich Caputi started playing badminton about 30 years ago and has enjoyed it ever since. He enjoys playing in tournaments as well as the club and is a regular at Rally Niagara Badminton club. He also enjoys coaching the younger players and challenging them to reach for their potential best and have fun! All players can keep improving and having more fun no matter how new or experienced they are!
Praveen Arany is a badminton enthusiast who started playing in middle school and has been active for the past 30 years. He has been competing in local and regional tournaments and loves playing less competitively these days due to time constraints. Praveen joined Rally Niagara in the fall of 2015 when he moved to Buffalo with his family. His wife, Hema and daughter, Niki love to play badminton besides enjoying the many activities in the Buffalo-Niagara region. He currently coaches the advanced youth group focusing on technique and game strategies.
Navin Agrawal has played competitive badminton for over 15 years. Early in his life, he wasn't very active physically and had troubles with chest congestion every winter. As he took on learning badminton in Jamshedpur (a small steel city in India), alongside State level players, his health improved within the first year and became free of his condition. He continued playing badminton wherever his job took him in India and UK. During winter of 2011, he joined Rally Niagara Badminton. He currently resides in Cheektowaga with his wife, Sonia and is looking forward to sharing his passion for the sport of badminton
Alisa Liu started playing badminton in high school, after debating whether to participate in track or badminton. She chose badminton and has never regretted that decision. Alisa played competitively all 4 years of high school while training all year round, focusing on technical skills. She eventually placed 3rd place in singles at the Illinois High School state tournament. Since coming to Buffalo for college and graduate school, Alisa joined Rally Niagara Badminton and is excited to share her love of the sport.
But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
Coach Praveen -Youth advanced
Coach Rich -Youth intermediate
Christina Malyn Gossett - Youth intermediate instructor
Coach Kumaran - Youth basic instructor
Coach Bena - Youth basic instructor
875 Eggert Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 ● (716) 816-8764
Coach Navin - Youth advanced instructor
Coach Mike - Youth basic instructor
New coach for fall youth badminton:
Alisa Liu - Welcome!