Canada Competes at the 2023 YONEX Pan Am Individual Championships
April 20, 2023
The top 20 Canadian athletes compete in Kingston, Jamacia from April 26-29, 2023
written by Badminton Pan Am
Pan Am players are ready for the XXVI YONEX Pan Am Individual Championships 2023 which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from April 26 to 29.
Jamaica Badminton Associations is organizing everything in the best way, in coordination with BPAC, and expecting to receive the best athletes from the continent.
After the entries closing date (March 28), 134 athletes from 19 countries have been registered in this last event considered within the Qualifying Period for Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and will allow players to position themselves in the World Ranking for the start of the Qualifying Period for the Paris 2024.
The best players from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, United States and Venezuela will meet at the GC Foster College to compete for being the best in the region.
Michelle Li, Pan Am Games Champion, leads Canadian Team for this edition but Beiwen Zhang, last edition runner-up, will compete for the gold. Iris Wang and Rachel Chan, who won bronze in 2022, will also be in Jamaica competing for the glory.
Kevin Cordon will also defend his title to have 5 Pan Am Championships crowns. Brian Yang, finalist in 2022 and Number 1 of the Pan Am Ranking, and the bronze medalist in the last edition: Ygor Coelho and Uriel Canjura, will also compete to climb to the podium top.
In Men’s Doubles, Luis Montoya and Job Castillo will be present in Jamaica to repeat the gold but 2022 silver medalists Vinson Chiu/Joshua Yuan and bronze medalist Nyl Yakura/Adam Dong & Ty Lindeman/Kevin Lee will also fight for the glory.
There will be a new Champion in Women’s Doubles. Due to Kristen’s injury, Kristen Tsai/ Rachel Honderich will not defend their crown this year but 2022 finalist Catherine Choi/ Josephine Wu will compete against Allison Lee / Francesca Corbett, bronze medalist of the last edition, Jaqueline Lima/Samia Lima, N. 2 in the Pan Am Ranking, Annie Xu/Kerry Xu, and others outstanding duos, for the gold.
Ty Lindeman and Josephine Wu will seek the gold one more time but will compete against the other 2022 medalists Jonathan Solis/Diana Corleto, Davi Silva/Sania Lima, and against outstading duos like Vinson Chiu/Jennie Gai, Fabricio Farias/Jaqueline Lima, among others.
Team Canada will be composed of Canada's Top 20 athletes in all five disciplines, lead by Head Coach, Mike Butler (ChPC) and supported by physiotherapist, Amie Lee
- Brian Yang - Ontario
- B. R. Sankeerth - Ontario
- Victor Lai - Ontario
- Imran Wadia - Alberta
- Michelle Li - Ontario
- Talia Ng - Ontario
- Wen Yu Zhang - British Columbia
- Rachel Chan - Ontario
- Nyl Yakura & Adam Dong - ON/ON
- Ty Lindeman & Kevin Lee - AB/AB
- Catherine Choi & Josephine Wu - ON/AB
- Alexandra Mocanu & Camille Leblanc - QC/QC
- Ty Lindeman & Josephine Wu - AB/AB
- Nicolas Nguyen & Alexandra Mocanu - QC/QC
- Joshua Hurlburt-Yu & Rachel Honderich -ON/ON
- Kevin Lee & Eliana Zhang - ON/QC
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