Canada Games: three badminton medals

Players from Laval’s Club de badminton Excellence Yonex (CBEY) contributed to the province’s three medals in the individual portion of the Canada Games in Alberta on February 27.

Four athletes practicing at the Bois-de-Boulogne sports center in Chomedey won a silver and two bronze medals. Laval’s Camille Leblanc and Alyson Ruan of Montreal came close to victory in women’s doubles at the Canada Games Center Gary W. Harris, losing 22-20 in the final set against players from British Columbia.

“We are still generally satisfied with our tournament, because we were aiming for a medal first and foremost,” said Camille Leblanc in a press release. She was also in singles action in the match for third place, but lost to Ontario’s Jacqueline Cheung.

In mixed doubles, Alexandra Mocanu and Nicolas Nguyen convincingly won the bronze medal by a score of 21-13 and 21-13.

Nicolas Nguyen captured a second bronze medal in men’s doubles with Mathieu Morneau of Quebec City in a thrilling game that ended 20-22, 22-20, 21-19. “We went point by point instead of aiming for victory from the start,” explained Mathieu Morneau in a press release.

Alexandra Mocanu found herself at the foot of the podium in women’s doubles with her partner Eliana Zhang.

In the team competition, which began on February 28, Quebec, New Brunswick and Alberta will try to get the upper hand on the others, securing a place in the top eight. (A.G.D.)

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