Strength. Flexibility. Hand-eye coordination. These are only a few of the requirements one needs to be successful in the sport of badminton. Badminton has a rich history at the Royal Glenora Club, with multiple National Champions and Canadian National Team members having been trained at our facility. This tradition of excellence is continued by its current users and coaching team, which includes former National Champion and Canadian Olympic Team member, Valerie Loker, and World Junior third place finisher, Sam Kim.

Badminton Professionals

Valerie Loker | Badminton Head Coach/Manager |

Valerie Loker is a former Canadian National Team member and represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in mixed doubles on the Canadian Olympic Team. She was a silver medalist in mixed doubles at the 2007 Pan Am Games. Valerie has her NCCP Provincial Coach Certification and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University.


Sam Kim | Badminton Professional |

Sam Kim is a former Korean National Team member and was in the top three at the World Junior Championships in men's doubles in 2008. Sam has his NCCP Regional Coach Certification and his Bachelor of Physical Education from Wonkwang University in the Iksan Republic of Korea.


Johnna Rymes | Assistant Badminton Coach

Johnna is an excellent asset to our coaching team having assisted us with junior programming, sparring and lessons these past few years.  Johnna has wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport as a former Provincial Champion in u19 Girl’s Doubles, Canadian bronze medalist in u19 girls doubles and having been chosen to represent Team Canada at the Jr. Pan Am Championships in 2018, where she earned a bronze medal in girl’s doubles.  Johnna has also earned multiple jr. provincial titles in both singles and mixed doubles on the Badminton Alberta Jr. Circuit. Johnna continues to play for the Concordia Badminton team here in Edmonton while pursuing her studies.  NCCP Regional Coach in Training, First Aid/CPR certified




Valerie Loker
Badminton Head Coach/Manager