This article was originally published on the Badminton Canada website.
On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Badminton Canada announced the athletes who have been nominated to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 this summer.
The badminton athletes who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games are:
Alex Bruce Toronto, ON Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles 2011 Pan Am Games Gold medallist (WD); 2014 Pan Am Championship Gold Medallist (XD); 2015 National Champion in WD and XD
Phyllis Chan Vancouver, BC Women's Doubles 2015 National Champion
Andrew D'Souza Ottawa, ON Men's Singles 2015 National Champion
Rachel Honderich Toronto, ON Women's Singles 2014 Pan Am Championship Silver Medallist
Michelle Li Markham, ON Women's Singles 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist; 2011 Pan Am Games Gold Medallist; 2014 Pan Am Championship Gold Medallist; 2015 National Champion
Adrian Liu Prince Rupert, BC Men's Doubles 2011 Pan Am Games Bronze medallist; 2014 Pan Am Championship Gold Medallist; 2015 National Champion
Derrick Ng Richmond, BC Men's Doubles 2011 Pan Am Games Bronze medallist; 2014 Pan Am Championship Gold Medallist; 2015 National Champion
Toby Ng Richmond, BC Mixed Doubles 2011 Pan Am Games Gold medallist (XD); 2014 Pan Am Championship Gold Medallist (XD); 2015 National Champion in XD
Head Coach Ram Nayyar Vancouver, BC
Coach Mike Butler Saint John, NB
Therapist Marc Rizzardo Burnaby, BC
Leading the Team is Michelle Li who is currently ranked 16 in the world. She has an Olympic Games under her belt and is a two-time Pan Am Games champion, capturing double gold at Guadalajara 2011 in singles and doubles with partner Alex Bruce.
Canada is the badminton powerhouse in the Pan Am world, holding 43 of the 100 medals awarded in the history of Pan Am Games, including 16 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze. At the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, Canada came out on top with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. The objective of Canada’s National Badminton Team is to maintain this performance by remaining atop of the medal standings at TORONTO 2015.
The badminton competition will take place at the Atos Markham Pan Am / Parapan Am Centre from July 11 to 16. There will be five events: women’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “Home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will provide a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
“Canada is ranked as Pan America’s best nation in badminton and we are looking forward to defending our winning-performance from Guadalajara. I have full confidence in our badminton team and know they will do Canada proud.”
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“Canada is a leader in badminton thanks to the hard work and dedication of our coaches and athletes. Congratulations to all of those who made it onto the Team, Canada will be ready to cheer you on when you take on the Americas this summer.”
Curt Harnett, TORONTO 2015 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“Badminton Canada is the powerhouse of badminton in the Pan Americas. We look forward to continuing our success and raising the awareness of our great sport nationwide this July in Toronto.”
Joe Morissette, Executive Director, Badminton Canada
“It is an honour to be representing my country on home soil and in my hometown, alongside such a talented team. We have been training really hard and are ready to show Pan America why we are the best.”
Michelle Li, London 2012 Olympian, two-time Pan Am Games gold medallist
“Canadians always feel a special pride watching our talented athletes represent our country. Congratulations on being named to Canada’s Pan Am Games badminton team. We are very proud of you and we wish you all the best as you focus on your final preparations. Good luck at the Games in Toronto!”
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Pan American Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations towards the end of June 2015.