Canada heads to Thomas & Uber Cup Finals
May 16, 2018
For the first time in 40 years, Canada has qualified both a Thomas & Uber Cup Team!
Ottawa, ON – With the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand from May 20th to the 27th 2018, Team Canada has emerged as the top country from the Pan Am region! The qualification for the Thomas and Uber Cup finals resulted from Canada’s win over the United States at the M&F Pan American Team Qualifications in Trinidad & Tobago this past February.
This event will mark the first time since 1978 that Badminton Canada has been able to qualify both the Men’s Team to the Thomas Cup, and Women’s Team to the Uber Cup in the same year!
“We are very pleased to qualify both a Men and Women’s team to the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. It is the first time Badminton Canada has done so in 40 years” said Anil Kaul, President of Badminton Canada. “It’s encouraging to see that our High-Performance program is going in the right direction, thanks to the dedication of our National Team athletes and our High-Performance coaches.”
With 17 athletes, 8 Male and 9 Female, attending the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Team Canada is poised to compete and show that they belong amongst the top badminton countries in the world! The athletes attending the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals are:
Paul-Antione Doste-Guidon (Quebec)
Jason Ho-Shue (Ontario)
Jonathan Lai (Ontario)
Antonio Benjamin Li (British-Columbia)
Ty Lindeman (Alberta)
Nyl Yakura (Ontario)
Duncan Yao (British Columbia)
Brian Yang (Ontario)
Anne-Julie Beaulieu (Quebec)
Catherine Choi (Ontario)
Rachel Honderich (Ontario)
Michelle Li (Ontario)
Stephanie Pakenham (Quebec)
Brittney Tam (Ontario)
Michelle Tong (Ontario)
Kristen Tsai (British Columbia)
Josephine Wu (Alberta)
“The Thomas/Uber Cup Finals are two of the premier events on the BWF calendar, and for both Canadian teams to qualify is a great accomplishment! Top badminton nations set these events as primary objectives, so we are in tough for both men's and women's events; to get out of our pool in either Thomas or Uber would be an incredible feat” said National Team Head Coach, Mike Butler.
“This is also a great gauge for our athletes vying to make Tokyo 2020, watching and competing against the world's best” he continued, “I am looking forward to the challenge and excitement ahead, and very pleased to have both Canadian teams representing the Pan American region”
Tournament begins on Sunday May 20th in Bangkok, Thailand. You can follow all the action at bwfthomasubercups.com
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