Badminton is a growing sport in Northwestern Ontario, according to Jarod Milko. 

The Beaver Brae Intermediate Badminton Coach was pleased with the attendance at the annual BBSS Invitational tournament. In its second year, seven schools including 135 teams competed. Grade 7 and 8 athletes from Beaver Brae, Lillian Berg, New Prospect, Open Roads, Ignace, Sioux Mountain and Sacred Heart School came out to the home of the Broncos in Kenora, where for many, was their first experience playing badminton in a structured tournament.

"It was amazing to see so many students having fun while competing against other students from the surrounding area.This year, the amount of teams more than doubled. Badminton is truly a growing sport in Northwestern Ontario," Milko says. 

In the tournament's first year, 65 teams participated. 

Older students from the region will get their chance on the court today. They'll be in Sioux Lookout as Queen Elizabeth High School is hosting the NorWOSSAA badminton championships.