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Golf Canada – Québec natives Céleste Dao and William Duquette to represent Team Canada when golf returns to quadrennial multi-sport Games from October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) are proud to name the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in golf at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18, 2018.

Céleste Dao, 17, of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Qué. will represent Canada in the girls’ golf competition while William Duquette, 17, of Laval, Qué. will compete in the boys’ event. 

The two golf athletes earned their spots on the Canadian Youth Olympic Team based on a collection of 2018 championship results as well as their standing on the Canadian Golf Order of Merit as of August 9th, 2018. 

“We are very pleased to announce that Céleste Dao and William Duquette have been selected as the athletes to represent Canadian golf at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer. “Both of these talented competitors are eager to succeed in representing Canada on the international stage and have shown tremendous progress in their development.”

The Golf competition at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held at the Hurlingham Club, from October 9-15. The boys’ and girls’ 54-hole individual competition runs October 9-11 with a 54-hole mixed-gender competition running October 13-15. 

A total of 64 golfers are eligible to take part in the golf competition including 32 male and 32 female athletes.

Céleste Dao
Céleste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Qué. is in her first year as a member of Golf Canada’s National Development Squad. She won the recent 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship as well as the 2018 Mexican Junior Girls Championship. In May, she played her way into the 2018 US Women’s Open by earning medalist honours at a Regional Qualifier. In August, she earned an exemption to compete in her first-ever CP Women’s Open at The Wascana Country Club in Regina. She was also named to one of Canada’s two entries in the 2018 World Junior Girls Championship at Camelot Golf and Country Club in Ottawa where she finished fifth in the individual competition and helped Canada One finish fourth among 19 teams. 

William Duquette
A native of Laval, Qué., William Duquette’s season includes a fourth-place finish at the Québec Junior Boys Championship, T29 at the Québec Men’s Amateur, T22 at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and T48 at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Last season, he won the Future Links, driven by Acura Québec Championship and had top-five finishes at both the Graham Cooke Junior Invitational and Québec Men’s Amateur Championship. 

The Québec duo will be accompanied by Matt Wilson, Golf Canada’s Director, Next Generation and Women’s Development Team Coach.

The 2018 Games will mark the second time that the sport of golf is included in the Youth Olympic Games after making its debut at the 2014 Games in Nanjing, China.

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GOLF CANADA
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

For more information:

Dan Pino
Director, Communications
Golf Canada
(c) 416-434-5525
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 406
(e) dpino@golfcanada.ca

Josh Su
Specialist, Public Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
(c) 647-464-4060
(e) jsu@olympic.ca