Team Canada on Podium at Pan Am Championships

April 22, 2019

Racquetball Canada - WINNIPEG, MB, April 21, 2019 - Team Canada is coming home from the Pan American Racquetball Championships with silver and bronze medal wins in doubles. The championships were held in Barranquia, Colombia from April 13 to 20, 2019. 
 
Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge and Samuel Murray from Baie-Comeau won silver in the Men's Doubles event. In Saturday's final, the 7th seeded Canadian team faced Andres Acuna and Filipe Comacho from Costa Rica, who were the 4th seeded team. Iwaasa and Murray dominated the first game of the match, winning 15-1, but the Costa Rican Team took control in the second game early on. The Canadians fought their way back but ended up losing 15-8. Acuna and Camacho took that momentum into the tie-breaker winning 11-3.
 
Danielle Drury of Saskatoon and Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg, who were seeded 11th in the elimination draw, came very close to advancing to the final but had a tough loss in their semi-final against 2nd seeded Christina Amaya and Riveros of Colombia, 8-15, 15-9, 11-8. The Canadian team ended the tournament with a bronze medal win. 
 
Results from the Pan Am Championships will be used to determine the number of athletes each nation can send to the 2019 Pan Am Games as well as seeding for the tournament.
 
Links to the draws, results and match videos can be found on the International Racquetball Federation website.
 
Danielle Drury
Jen Saunders
Coby Iwaasa
Samuel Murray
 
 
Racquetball Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of Racquetball in Canada. Along with the support of the Government of Canada and many valued partners, Racquetball Canada develops competitive national teams and oversees programs that grow the sport of racquetball in Canada. For more information visit our website
 
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Jan Hanson
Director of Communications and Marketing
Racquetball Canada Board of Directors
jhanson@accesscomm.ca I 306.502.4422