Andrew DíSouza of the RA Badminton Club, seeded second to Sam Dunner of British Columbia, won the prestigious Under 19 Boys Singles Championship at the 2012 with a straight set victory (21-16, 21-18) over Andrew Lau of Ontario. Lau had previously upset Dunner in the Quarter ĖFinals.
Not to be out done, team mate Qufei Chen teamed with Nyl Yakura of Ontario (seeded fifth through eighth) to win the Under 19 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal by eliminating the top seeds Nathan Osborne and Josephine Wu of Alberta in a quarter final match and then defeating the number two seeds Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Brittany Tam in the final in three sets (21-18, 17-21, 21-11). Chen also came home with bronze medals in Girls Singles Under 19 and Girls Doubles Under 19.
In Under 23 play, Martin Giuffre of Alberta won all three events (Menís Singles, Menís Doubles and Mixed Doubles). Sergiy Shatenko of the RA Badminton lost to Giuffre in the Menís Singles final in straight sets (21-19, 21-14), while former RA High Performance member Benjamin Fleury-Larocque and partner Oliver Trudueau both from Quebec lost to Giuffre and Ontario partner Andrew Tai-Pow in the Menís Doubles Final 21-10, 21-10. Shatenko picked up a Bronze medal in Under 23 Mixed Doubles partnering Alex Bruce of Toronto. They lost in the semi-finals to top seeded Michelle Li and Andrew Lau of Ontario 16-21, 21-17, 21-17. Li and Bruce will represent Canada in the London Olympics in July.
In Boys Under 16 Doubles, Antonin Bergeron and Samuel Tessier of Club ťlite de badminton de l'Outaouais took home a bronze medal after losing in the semi-final to second seeds Calvin Che and Joshua Liu of British Columbia 21-12, 24-22. In the consolation round of Boys Under 16 Doubles Chuheng Xing of the RA and partner Quentin Tsang of Ontario lost a thrilling three set match to Huron Cheng and Ryan Lam of British Columbia/Alberta 21-13, 19-21, 23-21.
In Boys Under 19 Consolation Doubles the RA partnership of Victor Chan and Kartikay Tyagi lost in the final to Philippe Giguere and Guillaume Grenon of Quebec 21-17, 21-7.
John Russell, ODBA Executive
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