Highlights of the 2015 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships
May 4, 2015
Triple champions highlight 2015 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Champion in Winnipeg.
May 4 2015
Triple champions highlight 2015 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA (May 4, 2015) – A trio of triple gold-medalists highlighted the Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships in Winnipeg MB. Brian Yang (U15/U17 boys), Catherine Choi (U15 girls) and Jason HoShue (U19 boys) each swept their categories with championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. All three athletes hail from Markham Ontario and play out of E Badminton.
“This championship was an outstanding display of our great young athletes,” said Joe Morissette, Executive Director of Badminton Canada. “While we saw some dominant performances by several of our athletes, the depth of the competition was also outstanding and leaves us confident that many of the athletes here have the potential to reach the highest levels of international competition.”
At the U23 level, National Team athlete Nyl Yakura, who plays with Mandarin Badminton in Markham, nearly repeated his 2014 triple gold medal performance. Yakura won in men’s singles and in men’s doubles, paired with Joshua Hurlburt-Yu of Lee’s Badminton in Markham. Yakura failed to complete the sweep when he and fellow National Team partner Brittney Tam with Mandarin Badminton in Markham could not overcome the duo of Nathan Osborne and Josephine Wu from the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton AB. Osborne and Wu won the gold by winning the second and third games of the match after losing the first to Yakura and Tam. On the women’s side, Brittney Tam, won the women’s singles gold medal, while Josephine Wu won her second gold medal with partner Vivian Kwok (Suria Badminton /Markham ON) in women’s doubles..
In U19 play, Jason Ho-Shue claimed gold in boys singles, boys doubles with partner Jonathan Lai (E Badminton/Markham ON) and in mixed doubles with Qingzi Ouyang (Ace Badminton/Richmond BC). Ouyang also claimed the girls singles title in U19 play while Kyleigh O’Donoghue (Glencoe Club / Calgary AB), won gold in girls’ doubles paired with Joanne Chen (Chen’s Badminton /Markham ON).
At the U17 level, Brian Yang and partner Katie Ho-Shue(E Badminton/Markham ON) repeated their 2014 gold medal performance in mixed doubles, while Yang and Desmond Wang (Royal Glenora Club / Edmonton AB) claimed the title in boys’ doubles. Katie Ho-Shue also won the U17 girls singles title while the pair of Erin O’Donoghue (Glencoe Club / Calgary AB) and Cara DeBelle (Granite Club / Toronto ON) won the title in girls’ doubles. Rounding out the U17 category, Mathieu Morneau (Club Rouge et Or / Quebec City QC) claimed the title in the boys’ singles event.
In U15 play, Brian Yang, won his third gold medal of the Championship by winning the boys’ singles event. Catherine Choi dominated the U15 field by winning three gold medals – girls’ singles, girls’ doubles with Talia Hailey Ng (E Badminton / Markham ON) and in mixed doubles with Kevin Wang (Lee’s Badminton / Markham ON). Wang also claimed the gold medal in boys’ doubles with partner Kyle To (Mandarin Badminton / Markham ON).
The 2015 Yonex U23 and Junior National Badminton Championships were hosted by Badminton Manitoba at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.