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Badminton more than just a backyard sport in Great Falls

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 15:39:37-04

GREAT FALLS — In Great Falls, the most unlikely of sports has brought together a group of people from different ages and background: Badminton.

Established in the mid-nineteenth century, badminton has commonly been known as a barbeque backyard racquet sport, but for Vim Herrera and her small but passionate group of athletes, it’s much more.

“Most of the time people think it’s a backyard sport where you just have a barbeque and chill out,” Herrera said. “People then realize it’s really an indoor sport and there’s strategy and a lot more thinking about it.”

That strategy came into play when five Great Falls residents went and competed in Billings for the 2022 Big Sky State Games. Herrera, Noah Klementz and Keerthi Vundavalli all walked away with seven medals.

“It felt good after all that practicing twice a week to be invited and prove your skills with a medal.”

If interested in getting involved with badminton in Great Falls, summer hours are 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday and on Saturday from 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Beginning Sept. 1, badminton will move to Longfellow Elementary School on Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

For more information, go to @greatfallssportsclub on Facebook.