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Badminton Canada – Moncton, NB – Badminton Canada’s rising stars shined at this year’s 2016 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships held in Moncton, New Brunswick. The Championships featured a balanced representation of medalists coming out of multiple clubs and cities across the country.

“This championship was an outstanding display of our great young athletes from across the nation,” said Joe Morissette, Executive Director at Badminton Canada. “While we witnessed some dominant performances by several unique athletes, the depth of the competition was very strong this year and leaves us confident that many Canadians have the potential to reach the highest levels of international competition.”

In U23, Edmonton’s Ty Lindeman (Active Badminton Club / Edmonton AB) claimed two national titles at this year Championships proving his dominance in the doubles category by winning both men’s doubles with partner Austin Bauer (Clear One / Richmond BC) and mixed doubles with fellow local partner Takeisha Wang (Active Badminton Club / Edmonton AB). In the men’s singles event, BR Sankeerth (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON) won the U17 boys singles title while Kyleigh O’Donoghue (Glencoe Club / Calgary, AB) followed her winning ways by claiming the national title in girls singles again this year. The women’s doubles event was won by Qingzi Ouyang (Ace Badminton Club / Richmond, BC) and partner Josephine Wu (Active Badminton Club / Edmonton AB).

Men’s Singles – BR Sankeerth – KC Badminton Club (Markham, ON)

Women’s Singles – Kyleigh O’Donoghue – The Glencoe Club (Calgary, AB)

Men’s Doubles – Austin Bauer ClearOne (Calgary, AB) & Ty Lindeman B-Active Badminton Club (Edmonton, AB)

Women’s Doubles – Qingzi Ouyang Ace Badminton Club (Richmond, BC) & Josephine Wu B-Active Badminton Club – (Edmonton, AB)

Mixed Doubles – Ty Lindeman & Takeisha Wang – B-Active Badminton Club (Edmonton, AB)

In U19 play, Brian Yang claimed gold in boys singles and mixed doubles with partner Katie Ho-Shue (E Badminton/Markham ON). The National Championships were won by Byron Holcek & Kevin Lee in boys doubles (Glencoe Club/Calgary AB). Repeating as 2015 National Champion, Qingzi Ouyang claimed the girls singles title in U19 again while Katie Ho-Shue (E Badminton / Markham ON) added another 2016 title in girls doubles with partner Giselle Chan (Chen’s Badminton /Markham ON).

Boys’ Singles – Brian Yang – E Badminton Club (Markham, ON)

Girls’ Singles – Qingzi Ouyang – Ace Badminton Club (Richmond, BC)

Boys’ Doubles – Byron Holcek & Kevin Lee – The Glencoe Club (Calgary, AB)

Girls’ Doubles – Giselle Chan & Katie Ho-Shue – E Badminton Club (Markham, ON)

Mixed Doubles – Brian Yang & Katie Ho-Shue E Badminton (Markham, ON)

At the U17 level, Montreal’s Andrew Choi (Pierrefonds Badminton Club / Montreal QC) won two national titles at this year Championships claiming the boys singles event and the boys doubles event with partner Alexis Nadeau (CEBO / Gatineau QC).  In the ladies singles event, Wendy Zhang (Clear One / Richmond BC) won the U17 girls singles title while the Ontario pair of Catherine Choi and Talia Ng (E Badminton / Markham ON) won the National title in girls’ doubles. Adding to Ontario’s great performances at this year Championships, Kyle To & Crystal Lai (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON) claimed the mixed doubles title.

Boys Singles – Andrew Choi – (Pierrefonds Badminton Club / Montreal, QC)

Girls Singles – Wendy Zhang – (ClearOne / Richmond, BC)

Boys Doubles – Andrew Choi (Pierrefonds Badminton Club / Montreal, QC) & Alexis Nadeau (CEBO / Gatineau, QC)

Girls Doubles – Catherine Choi & Talia Ng – (E Badminton / Markham ON)

Mixed Doubles – Kyle To & Crystal Lai – (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON)

In U15 play, Sharon Au (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON) had a remarkable run by claiming a triple-crown victory by winning three gold medals in the girls’ singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.  Once again this year, Ontario dominated the events by repeating 4 of the five gold medals to clubs based out of the badminton hub in Markham.

Boys’ Singles – Wenjun Ouyang- (Ace Badminton / Richmond BC)

Girls’ Singles – Sharon Au – (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON)

Boys’ Doubles – Darren Choi – (Lee’s Badminton Club / Markham ON) & Patrick Zheng – (CB Future Stars / Montreal QC)

Girls’ Doubles – Sharon Au & Rebecca Lee – (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON)

Mixed Doubles – Sharon Au – (KC Badminton Club / Markham ON) & Colin Jiu (E Badminton Club / Markham ON)

The 2016 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships were hosted by the Moncton Badminton Club and Badminton New Brunswick at the University of Moncton.

Complete list of medalists:

https://badmintoncanada.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=3E43310E-B088-486D-AC45-3789FDB58457

Complete results:
https://badmintoncanada.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draws.aspx?id=3E43310E-B088-486D-AC45-3789FDB58457

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