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Manitoba Badminton Association – March 20, 2016 – 78 of Manitoba’s finest players were on hand for the Pal Chawla Manitoba Junior Open and once again Thien Vo, Manitoba’s newest elite badminton force stepped out on the courts and could not be defeated, winning U19 Boys Singles, Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Thien Vo, still not a Canadian Citizen or an owner of a PR Card, is ineligible to compete for Manitoba in the Canadian Junior Nationals scheduled in May, however because he has lived in Manitoba for over a year he is now eligible to compete in the Manitoba Provincial Championships at Winnipeg Winter Club on April 28 – May 1.  Thien Vo will surely be seeding very high in Manitoba’s most prestigious tournament, however will be facing tougher competition than he had faced in the Junior Open.

For the upcoming Provincial Championships, Thien Vo will have to compete against defending champions Kyle Grymonpre (Men’s Singles), Ryan Giesbrecht and Justin Friesen (Men’s Doubles) and Dale Kinley and Haley Nakonechny (Mixed Doubles) if he wants to earn his first Provincial Championship(s).

The Manitoba Junior Open is named after Pal Chawla, North America’s longest standing badminton professional who coached for 40 years at the Winnipeg Winter Club.  Pal Chawla was named to Badminton Canada’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Winnipeg during the National Championships this past February.

Players attended this tournament from Winnipeg, Interlake, Eastman and Central Regions for the Pal Chawla Junior Open.

For full results CLICK HERE

For photos, please email Ryan Giesbrecht at ryan@badminton.mb.ca

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Giesbrecht
Executive Director, Manitoba Badminton Association
(204) 925-5621 or (204) 226-0813