Canadian badminton team selected for 14th FISU world university championship

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TORONTO (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Tuesday the four student-athletes who will represent Canada at the 14th FISU world university badminton championship. The event will be held in Ramenskoe, Russia, Sept. 12-18.

Highlighting the Canadian roster are three returning athletes from the 2015 Universiade squad in UQAM’s Philippe Gaumond (Montreal, Que.) and Laval’s Maxime Marin (Quebec City, Que.) and Stéphanie Pakenham (Levis, Que.) The trio also represented Canada at the 2014 world university championship, along with Anne-Julie Beaulieu (Quebec City, Que.), another Rouge et Or athlete.
Mike Butler, a member of the Canadian coaching staff at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, will serve as Team Leader.

Canada won its only medal in international competition at the 1992 world university championship, when Heather Ostrom and Karyn Kadonaga took home bronze in women’s doubles.

“I am very pleased to be going to Russia to coach Team Canada (at the world university championship),” said Butler, a former Olympian in 1988, who was inducted into Badminton Canada’s Hall of Fame in May. “It is always a great honour to represent your country whether as a player or now as a coach.”

CANADIAN ROSTER

Name                             University           Hometown             Academics

Philippe Gaumond          UQAM               Montreal, Que.        Physical Education

Maxime Marin                 Laval                Quebec City, Que.   Administration

Anne-Julie Beaulieu        Laval                 Quebec City, Que.     Law

Stéphanie Pakenham      Laval                   Levis, Que.             Administration

Team Leader: Mike Butler

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