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
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.
Danny found his love for badminton in middle school. Since, Danny has competed and medaled in various provincial tournaments. Using his competition experience, he coached the Chestermere High School Badminton Team for three years and led them to three consecutive Rocky View Divisional Champion Banners. Danny is a certified NCCP Regional Competition Coach and is currently studying to attain the Bachelor of Physical Literacy degree at Mount Royal University. This degree covers relevant topics such as exercise physiology, athlete development, nutrition, sports psychology, and physical education. Danny’s objective is to combine his previous coaching and competing experience with post-secondary education to effectively produce well-rounded junior badminton athletes on and off the court.
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.
Ryan found his passion for badminton in grade 11 after being introduced to the sport by his father. He wasted no time winning tournaments in the high school competitive scene, and was awarded the Most Improved Player in his senior year. He currently holds a First Class Honours Degree in Biological Sciences from The University of Calgary, where he was also a Vice President of the University badminton club. Ryan has also volunteered extensively with people of all ages, and is passionate in promoting badminton to local communities. His combined experience in both the sciences and with people ensures his lessons are systematic, flexible, and his instructions easily understood.
Hanson Qin is one of Coach Gao’s first students. Badminton was introduced to him while he was in middle school. Hanson won silver medal in singles at his debut provincial level tournament. And then went on to win many more titles in both singles and doubles. With the help of Coach Gao and Grace, Hanson was able to advance further to top 4 at the national level. His devotion to badminton recently expanded into the field of coaching, where he enjoys every opportunity to help other youngsters at Gao Badminton Tao.