Team Canada wins the 20th Pan American Badminton Championships

Campinhas, Brazil

April 29, 2016

Ottawa ON - Team Canada won the 20th Pan American Badminton Championships in
Campinhas, Brazil defeating the host nation Brazil in the finals 3-2. In the
first match of the gold medal tie, Brittney Tam (Markham ON) defeated
Lohaynny Vicente in women's singles 2-1 (13-21, 21-14, 19-21). In men's
singles Ygor Coelho defeated Canadian Jason Ho-Shue (Markham ON) 2-1 (18-21,
21-15, 21-11). In women's doubles, the Brazilian sisters of Lohaynny and
Luana Vicente sisters defeated the Canadian duo of Stephanie Pakenham
(Quebec, QC) and Josephine Wu (Edmonton AB) 2-0 (21-17, 21-12).

The fourth match of the contest was a must win situation for Canada being
down 2 to 1.The  Canadian men's doubles pair of Phil Gaumond
(Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) and Maxime Marin (Montreal QC)  came through  for
Canada in a hard won battle over the Brazilian pair of Daniel Paiola/Hugo
Arthuso , defeating them 24-22, 15-21, 27-25. Finally,  in the decisive
fifth match, the Canadian mixed doubles pair  of Nyl Yakura (Pickering ON)
and  Brittney Tam beat Alex Tjong/Luana Vicente 2-1(21-19, 10-21, 21-18).

"This was a very young Canadian team and they demonstrated grit and
determination coming back from a 2-1 deficit  to win the gold medal, stated
Head Coach Ram Nayyar (Vancouver, BC). "Days like today are what make good
players' great." 

In the contest for the bronze medal, Peru defeated Jamaica 3-0. The
individual portion of the Pan Am Badminton Championship will run through the
rest of the week and weekend in Campinhas, Brazil.

Team Canada Roster

* Jason HoShue - Markham, Ontario
* Nyl Yakura - Pickering, Ontario
* Philippe Gaumond - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
* Maxime Marin - Montreal,  Quebec
* Brittney Tam - Markham, Ontario
* Michelle Tong - Markham, Ontartio
* Josephine Wu - Edmonton, Alberta
* Stéphanie Pakenham - Quebec City, Quebec
* Ram Nayyar (Coach) - Vancouver, British Columbia

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