Over the weekend in Calgary, Brandon’s Kurtis Cullen secured a double gold medal (Men’s Open Singles and Men’s Open Doubles) performance at the Western Canadian Racquetball Championships. For Cullen Sunday’s Men’s Open Singles victory was a redemption of sorts, as he upended a competitor he lost to earlier in the month at a national event for a spot of the national traveling team. Driving home from Calgary, he told bdnmb.ca that he typically plays in 3-4 larger tournaments a year and that he captured his first provincial title when he was only 16 years old. Cullen started playing the sport when he was just 4, 25-short years ago. He tries to hit the court 4-5 times a week to work on his individual skills including footwork, serves, and shooting set-ups. All the hard work and dedication paid off over the weekend, as in addition to the Men’s Open title he and partner Mitch Brayley toppled 4 other highly skilled teams to take home the Men’s Open Doubles title.
Cullen also runs the junior program at the Sportslex, a program he is looking to grow. He recently became a Community Programming Co-Ordinator with Racquetball Canada and spends 3-4 days a week coaching and instructing local youth. Those interested in learning more about the sport can visit the Brandon Racquetball Association’s Facebook Page here.