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Manitoba Badminton Association – Winnipeg, 2016 – Melissa Liew flies in from Vancouver Island to play Manitoba’s last club tournament of the season, the Provincial Badminton Championships; and ends up taking the cake in all 3 events at the Winnipeg Winter Club.  Anil Kaul and Thien Vo each won 2 events of their own along the way.

Melissa took her first match of the day in Women’s Singles against Winnipeg Winter Club player Hanna Rebizant, with scores of 21-19, 23-21.  She then paired up with Kristin Szuminsky in Women’s Doubles to beat out Hanna once again and her partner Kathryne Desautels, 21-11, 21-19.  Finally she paired up with Former Olympian (92′ and 96′) Anil Kaul in the last match of the day and beat out last year’s singles champion Kyle Grymonpre and former Mixed Doubles Champion Kathryne Desautels in 2 straight games, 21-15 21-17.

Melissa is currently attending VIU with a badminton scholarship, and competing in the CCAA Badminton Championships each year.

Thien Vo, who is a former National Vietnamese Team Player, won Men’s Singles over Kevin Barkman in 3 games, 21-13, 19-21, 21-11.  He also paired up with Anil Kaul to beat out the defending Champions, Executive Director Ryan Giesbrecht, and Provincial Coach Justin Friesen, 21-23, 21-19, 21-12.

Manitoba will have about 10 players competing in Junior Nationals in Moncton, including Paul Brown and Arnish Patel who have seen Bronze Medals at previous national junior tournaments this year.  Both these Winter Club players will be looking for a big performance in Moncton!

Full Finals Results HERE
Photos Available HERE

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Giesbrecht
Executive Director, Manitoba Badminton Association
ryan@badminton.mb.ca
(204) 226-0813