October 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Canadian Joanne Lee wins Gold and Canada’s first ever medal in international Parabadminton
Ottawa, ON – Canada won its first ever medal in international parabadminton as 17 year old Joanne Lee (Markham ON) claimed the gold medal in the mixed double wheelchair event with partner Rudolfo Cano from Brazil at the 1st Peru Para International. This was Joanne first time representing Canada at international competition and while admittedly being nervous; she overcame all uncertainties and played extremely well during at the event.
“Joanne competed against much more experienced athletes in this event” stated Team Head Coach Dave McMaster. “However her determination and hard work allowed her persevere and overcome her lack of international experience.”
This was the first international parabadminton event in which Badminton Canada competed as part of its fledging parabadminton program. The International Paralympic Committee just recently added parabadminton to the slate of sports to be organized at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
“Badminton Canada is very excited about continuing to develop this aspect of our sport” stated Anil Kaul, President of Badminton Canada. “We have set ourselves the goal of winning a medal at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo and this was an important step towards that goal.”
While Peru event marked Canada’s initial participation in parabadminton, but will certainly not be the last as many provincial badminton organizations are currently developing protocols for competitively streaming of parabadminton players.
“While Badminton Canada is excited about our great initial success in international competition, our goal is to also develop a robust domestic development system” added Executive Director Joe Morissette. “To further our goal of medaling in Tokyo, the Canadian badminton community will see a national championship in 2016 as well as integrated competitions with our existing Yonex National Series events starting next season.”