Local racketlon players crowned world champions

Racketlon players Peter and Damaris Brix triumphed in Bulgaria

Peninsula residents Peter and Damaris Brix won the 45 mixed doubles category at the World Racketlon Championships in Sofia

Peninsula residents Peter and Damaris Brix won the 45 mixed doubles category at the World Racketlon Championships in Sofia

A couple of local racket sport enthusiasts were crowned world champions in July.

Racketlon players Peter and Damaris Brix from Brentwood Bay, travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria for the World Racketlon Championships that ran July 22 to 24 and won the 45 mixed doubles category. They beat out teams from 24 other countries to take the victory.

“We were really excited,” said Peter. “We were the first Canadians to win the championships so it meant a lot. We went up against the No. 1 ranked players in the world in doubles and singles.”

The two began playing racket sports separately as kids and met when they were teens. Their love for the sport blossomed even more after they met and the two have played together ever since.

“We’ve played together for years so it was amazing to play at the worlds with my wife. It’s something we can remember forever,” said Peter.

Racketlon is a sport that encompasses four racket events (tennis, table tennis, squash and badminton) into one tournament. As the winners of the racketlon world championships, the two won’t have to qualify for next year’s worlds which they plan to attend. They will take place July 2013 in Holland.

Upcoming competitions for the Brixes include the Pacific Rim Open Racketlon tournament Sept. 21 to 23 at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre and the Vancouver Island Racketlon competition to be held spring 2013 at Panorama Recreation Centre.