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Ontario Athletes Make up a Large Part of Team Canada for the 2017 PanAm Junior Championships in Markham, ON

In just under three weeks athletes from 16 different Pan American countries will arrive to compete in the annual Junior Pan Am Badminton Championships. The first matches for the Team Competition will begin on July 21st at the Markham Pan Am Centre, while the Individual Competition will begin on July 24th.

ONTARIO ATHLETES MAKE UP A LARGE PART OF TEAM CANADA FOR THE 2017 PAN AM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MARKHAM

MEDIA RELEASE JULY 6, 2017

In just under three weeks athletes from 16 different Pan American countries will arrive to compete in the annual Junior Pan Am Badminton Championships. The first matches for the Team Competition will begin on July 21st at the Markham Pan Am Centre, while the Individual Competition will begin on July 24th.

Yesterday, Badminton Canada announced an 87 member Canadian team for these Championships, of which 44 athletes are from Ontario. As well, Ontario will contribute four coaches to the team Canada is the defending champions in the Team Competition, and have two returning Champions from last year’s Pan Am Junior Championships in Peru

Under 11

Oliver Chen – KC Badminton Club/Toronto

Katie Lau – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Emma Meng – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre/Thornhill

Lyric Su – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Jessica Wang – KC Badminton Club/Richmond Hill

Matthew Yu – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Liam Zhang – KC Badminton Club/Richmond Hill

Under 13

Jackie Dent – KC Badminton Club/Waterloo

Chloe Hoang – E Badminton Training Centre/Markham

Daniel Li – KC Badminton Club/Richmond Hill

Jeffrey Liu – Mandarin Badminton/Richmond Hill

Timothy Lock – RW Badminton Club/Markham

Joshua Nguyen – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Maggie Su – Su Badminton Club/Mississauga

Alex Xu – KC Badminton Club/Toronto

Katy Wong – Su Badminton Club/Markham

Under 15

Rachel Chan – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre/Markham

Jessica Cheng – Mandarin Badminton/North York

Minh Cheng – E Badminton Training Centre/Toronto

Jeslyn Chow – KC Badminton Club/North York

Victor Lai – Mandarin Badminton/Scarborough

Ivan Li – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Win Liao – Mandarin Badminton/Richmond Hill

Sophia Nong – Mandarin Badminton/Thornhill

Braydon Wang – E Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill

Dylan Wang – E Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill

Under 17

Clarence Chau – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Jacqueline Cheung – Mandarin Badminton/Richmond Hill

Catherine Choi – E Badminton Training Centre/Markham

Stanley Feng – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill

Colin Jia – E Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill

Crystal Lai – KC Badminton Club/Mississauga

Talia Ng – E Badminton Training Centre/Thornhill

Kyle To – KC Badminton Club/Richmond Hill

Tiffany Too – KC Badminton Club/Markham

Kevin Wang – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre/Mississauga

Anthony Tso – KC Badminton Club/Unionville

Darren Choi – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill

Under 19

Mark Dasios – Mandarin Badminton/Markham

Cara De Belle – Granite Club/Toronto

Sarah Gale – Granite Club/Toronto

Katie Ho-Shue – E Badminton Training Centre/Markham – Defending U19 GD/XD & U17 BS Champion

Jailyn Joensen – KC Badminton Club/Pickering

Natalie Lam – Mandarin Badminton/Richmond Hill

Victor Lu – KC Badminton Club/Toronto

Brian Yang – E Badminton Training Centre/Richmond Hill – Defending U19 GD/XD & U17 BS Champion

Coaches

Kevin Cao – KC Badminton Club

Stephane Cadeux – The Boulevard Club

Jennifer Lee – Lee’s Badminton Training Centre

Efendi Wijaya – E Badminton Training Centre

Canada as the host country are favorites to earn gold medals in many different age categories and disciplines. Badminton Ontario’s director of high performance gave her thoughts on the Ontario athletes who were chosen for the team.

“We are proud of Ontario’s important role in the make-up of this Canadian team – these athletes are the future Olympic and World Championship stars for Canada and it is very pleasing to see so many athletes from Ontario leading the way for Canada. As well, it is important to note the role of Ontario in hosting these Championships and other international competitions in the near future – these initiatives are so valuable for the profile of the sport and for the development of a strong volunteer and management infrastructure for our sport”

This tournament is a large stepping stone for some of these Ontario athletes, as a few of them will make up part of the Canadian team that will compete at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Markham.

The fun all starts on July 21st, tickets are now available for purchase online. In addition, children under ten are granted free admission (with proof of age) with a ticketed parent or guardian. So, come down and cheer on Team Canada as they work hard to earn Pan Am glory. Please visit the link below for more information on ticketing.

http://www.jrpanamchampionships2017.ca/index.php/tickets/

Badminton Ontario (BON) is a not for profit amateur sport organization responsible for badminton within the province of Ontario. Badminton Ontario’s vision is to connect with all athletes participating in badminton in Ontario, inspire athletes to cherish badminton and establish it as their sport for life.

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For more information, please contact: Luis Paredes, Badminton Ontario, at membership@badmintonontario.ca

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