Our team is passionate about badminton, and we care about people!
We are committed to provide the best facility and services to promote and improve the sport of badminton in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada.
About the Facility
Gao-Badminton’s SmashCity Calgary is an open-concept sports facility with 33ft. ceiling clearance. It has a total of 28,000 sq. ft. court area. It offers 12 professional badminton courts and 2 international standard volleyball courts. Player-focused design characterizes SmashCity as one of the best dedicated badminton and volleyball facilities in Calgary.
SPRUNG FLOOR – Multi-layered floating wooden subfloor that offers excellent shock absorption
TOURNAMENT GRADE MATS – Competition grade court mat with dedicated badminton or volleyball lines and color contrast that provides excellent grip.
We designed our court area with the players’ best in mind. This thoughtfully constructed sprung floor greatly reduces the stress on your joints to prevent injuries. The professionally finished court mat offers outstanding slippage prevention that enhances your performance.
Further amenities include:
- 3 HVAC UNITS (heating, ventilation, air conditioning system) – Guarantees a consistent flow of high quality fresh air that benefits your overall health when exercising.
- RECONFIGURED LIGHTING – Designed according to Badminton England’s standard to optimize playing experience.
- 2 ADVANCED WATER FOUNTAINS – Advanced filtration system and automatic dispensing system for your health and convenience.
- MODERN OVERSIZED SHOWER UNITS – So you can get on with your day feeling fresh.
- PRO-SHOP – Variety of products and our helpful advice for your every badminton need.
- STRINGING SERVICE – Professional and personalized service.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Jordan Gao
Founder of Gao-Badminton Tao & SmashCity Calgary
Dr. Gao is the founder of Gao-Badminton Tao and SmashCity Calgary. He is a former professional geologist with a doctorate degree in geoscience where he completed more than 100 professional projects throughout his career. In addition, he has a passion for coaching badminton. Coach Gao has a keen eye in seeking out players’ strengths, and a keen mind in developing players according to their abilities. He treats each individual player’s development as a professional project where he really puts his mind and heart into designing a path that best suits the specific player. He has been grooming many young and talented athletes since 2009, taking them from beginners to provincial champions. In 2016, Dr. Jordan Gao fulfilled his dream of starting his own sports center: SmashCity Calgary.
Grace was first trained by her father Dr. Gao, she then started competing when the family moved to Canada in 2004. She had the privilege of training under many great coaches throughout her career, namely the legendary Kim Don Moon. Grace has won many national and international titles, eventually paving a way for her to proudly represent Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. Her goal is to use her competitive experiences to inspire and train badminton enthusiasts of all ages, with a focus in producing high performance athletes. Together with her family, Grace is looking to help improve and promote the sport of badminton in Canada.
Canadian Master’s Champion
Greg, one of Grace’s former coaches, won Junior National Champion in mixed doubles and had proudly represented Canada at the 2005 World Championships in Anaheim. Currently, Greg competes in masters and has a doubles and a mixed doubles title under his belt. Greg has a degree in Physical Education from the University of Manitoba and is a fully certified Regional, Provincial and Competition Development coach which further enhances his coaching.
Hanson is an upcoming badminton player who is currently training and coaching at Gao-Badminton Tao. Badminton was introduced to Hanson by Dr. Jordan Gao while he was in middle school. He won silver medal in singles at his debut provincial level tournament. With the help of Jordan and Grace, Hanson was accepted into the Glencoe Club as a privileged member where he won a number of provincial titles. His devotion to badminton expanded into the field of coaching, where he enjoys every opportunity to help other youngsters.