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Badminton Canada – MONCTON, NB – Badminton Canada is proud to announce the completion of the 1st Canadian Para-Badminton Championships today in Moncton, New Brunswick. As an inaugural event, the Championships had athletes representing 6 provinces across the country – New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. A first of its style, 3 individual events took place during the Championships: Wheelchair Singles, Standing Lower Body Singles and Short Stature Singles.

Here’s are the results:

Wheelchair Singles

Gold Medal – Bernard Lapointe – St. Leonard, NB

Silver Medal – Luke Millar – Calgary, AB

Bronze Medal – Joanne Lee – Markham, ON

Lower Body Singles

Gold Medal – Pascal Lapointe – Montreal, QC

Silver Medal – Olivia Meier – Winnipeg, MB

Bronze Medal –Muhammad Ali Rafic – Toronto, ON

Short Stature

Gold Medal – Wyatt Lightfoot – Assiniboia, SK

Silver Medal – Aaron Keith – Pickering, ON

For many of the athletes present, it was their first time playing in front of such a large audience. “I was a little nervous in my first match.” indicated Wyatt Lightfoot, Short Stature National Singles Champion from Saskatchewan. “I have never played in front of a crowd this big before, but once the match started I was able to focus on winning the gold medal’.

In 2014, the International Paralympic Committee announced that badminton (para-badminton) was selected as one of the sports for the 2020 Paralympics Games in Tokyo. “Badminton Canada has set the goal of winning a medal in Tokyo.” stated Cindy Bruce, chair of Badminton Canada’s Para Badminton Committee. “This championship was an important first step in reaching that goal. We look forward to building a world class program for our para-badminton athletes over the coming years.” 

Top level badminton will continue in Moncton with the Canadian Junior and U23 National Championships set for the Semi-Finals today and Finals events tomorrow at the University of Moncton (CEPS). To watch the free live-stream of the National Championships, visit: http://badminton.ca/news/103721/Livestream.

About Badminton Canada

Badminton Canada is the national governing body of the sport of badminton in Canada. Our mission is to be an innovative and highly respected sports organization that is the leader in contributing to badminton becoming the most successful racquet sport in Canada and the world by enabling Canadian Athletes, Coaches and Officials of all ages, cultural background and skill level the opportunity to excel in badminton and in life.  For further information, visit : www.badminton.ca.

Rahim Karmali
Communications Manager
Badminton Canada

rahim@badminton.ca