Robbyn Hermitage and her partner Milaine Cloutier may live 3,000 kilometres
apart but still managed to maintain a high international ranking and earn a
berth at the Olympic Games. Hermitage grew up in Kitchener but now lives
in the Montreal area where she is a badminton professional (coach) at the
historic Montreal Athletic Association while Cloutier, originally from
Granby, Que., is based in Calgary.
"We actually train together more than you'd think, thanks to training camps
and national and international competitions," said Hermitage, a four-time
Canadian women's doubles champion . "But I feel the time apart actually
may be a benefit. If you play with the same person every single day in the
same city you might get a little bit flat. Anyway it works for us."
Hermitage and Cloutier are eyeing a quarter-final berth in Sydney.
Women's doubles: Milaine Cloutier, Granby, Que., and Robbyn Hermitage, Kitchener, Ont., lost 15-4, 15-10 to Joanne Goode and Donna Kellogg, Britain, eliminated.
Women's singles: Robbyn Hermitage, Kitchener, Ont., lost 11-7, 11-2 to Rayoni Head, Australia in first round, eliminated.
Mixed doubles: Brent Olynk, West Vancouver, B.C., and Robbyn Hermitage, Kitchener, lost 15-9, 15-9 to Simon Archer and Joanne Goode, Britain, in first round, eliminated.
Women's doubles: Milaine Cloutier, Granby, Que., and Robbyn Hermitage, Kitchener, Ont., def. Rhonda Cator and Amanda Hardy, Australia, 15-13, 15-6 in first round.
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