BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 welcomes Li Ning as Title Sponsor

(Toronto, Ontario) – The local organizing committee of the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 is pleased to welcome Li-Ning as the official title sponsor for the Championships.

Li-Ning, headquartered in Beijing, is one of the leading sports brand companies in China. They provide sporting goods including footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories. Today, the company is a world leader in athletic apparel and footwear, rooted in the vision of its founder and namesake, champion gymnast Li Ning. Li founded the company in 1990 with the goal of providing Chinese athletes with a national brand to wear on the world stage.

Len Carter, president of LN Distribution Inc. said, “kudos to Badminton Canada, Badminton Ontario and the organizing committee, for bringing this world class event to the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. Badminton is the top participatory sport in Markham area schools and this is an opportunity for local club players to witness the sport at an extremely high level”. LN Distribution Inc. will act as the official Li-Ning representative for the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018.

“We are extremely pleased that Li-Ning has joined us as our major sponsor for the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018”  said Ian Moss, President of Badminton Ontario, “with this being the largest badminton event hosted in Ontario in modern time, we certainly knew that we needed a world class partner like Li-Ning to manage and support the work of our organising committee to deliver an event of this magnitude on the world stage”.

The most successful country at the World Junior Badminton Championships has been China, winning 60 gold medals, with Malaysia and South Korea tied for second with 12 each. Chen Long, a gold medalist at the 2007 World Junior Badminton Championships, who later went on to win Olympic gold in 2016, is one of many players who compete using Li-Ning equipment and apparel.

About the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships:

The Li-Ning BWF World Junior Championships 2018 are taking place in Markham, Ontario, Canada from November 5-18, 2018.  The City of Markham, along with its partners Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario, are excited to be welcoming 600 athletes from over 50 countries.  Competition will occur at the Markham Pan Am Centre, which has been host to many international events since its opening in 2014. This will be the third time that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships (junior/senior).

About Li Ning:

For more information on Li Ning, visit https://www.li-ning-sports.com/

Contact Badminton Ontario:

For more information please contact:

Jean Wong, Technical Director

jean.wong@badmintonontario.ca

416-426-7195

2018 World Junior Badminton Championships Coaching Conference Registration open

(Toronto, Ontario) – The local organizing committee (LOC) of the 2018 Li-Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships (WJC2018) is pleased to announce registration for the BWF Coaching Conference is now open. The coaching conference will take place between Nov 14-18, 2018, during the second week of the Championships. Various streams will be available for participants to register for, and range in a variety of topics.

The programs available for registration include:

  • Women in Coaching Mentorship Evening (By Invitation), Nov 14
  • Player Clinic Coach Observation, Nov 14/15
  • Coach Developer Training Nov 15
  • International Badminton Coaches Conference, Nov 16/17
  • NCCP Shuttle Time, Nov 18
  • NCCP Regional Coach Technical/Tactical Module 3, Nov 18
  • NCCP Provincial Coach Technical/Tactical Module 5, Nov 18
  • NCCP Competition Development, Nov 18

The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Wade Gilbert. Gilbert is currently a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Fresno State University. Gilbert has helped write nearly 100 publications in relation to coaching and sport science. Kenneth Larsen, a professor of sport science and the former coach of the Danish National Team is also scheduled to speak.

Other speakers scheduled to deliver sessions during the conference include: Tracey Hallam, a multiple gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, Lorraine Lafrenière, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coaches Association of Canada, and Rikke Olsen, a former Danish Olympian in badminton; among others.

For more information on the available modules and too register, please visit the Coaching Conference section of the website.

About the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships:

The Li-Ning BWF 2018 World Junior Championships are taking place in Markham, Ontario, Canada from November 5-18, 2018.  The City of Markham, along with its partners Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario, are excited to be welcoming 600 athletes from over 55 countries.  Competition will occur at the Markham Pan Am Centre, which has been host to many international events since its opening in 2014. This will be the third time that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships (junior/senior).

Badminton Ontario Welcomes Summer Students

(Toronto, Ontario) – Badminton Ontario is pleased to announce that three summer students will be working with the organization this summer. They will be helping with the planning of the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships to be held in November 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

 

These positions were made possible through funding provided by the Canada Summer Works program.  For more information on this program, please click here.

 

Marty Deacon, the chair of the Local Organizing Committee is, “thrilled that the 2018  World Junior Badminton Championship Leadership Planning team will have the support of 3 Canada Summer Works leaders. They are each outstanding and will do important and timely work while improving their capacity in the areas of: marketing, communications and administration. We are very thankful for government support for this important initiative”.

 

The three students are:

 

Arun is completing a master’s degree at York University and will be continuing his experience working at global sporting events (2015 Pan American Games, 2017 Invictus Games and 2018 Winter Olympics). Arun is interested in the operations and planning of sporting events.

 

Dan-Lee is a retired athletics athlete whom now focuses his time on the development of grassroots sports. Dan-Lee has over 10 years experience in sport event hosting; and was the convener of Cross Country Running and Track and Field for the 2017 edition of the North American Indigenous Games. Currently Dan-Lee is a multisport coach with basketball and athletics.

 

Jesse, a native of the DR Congo and Ottawa, and is admittedly a self-professed sports addict. Currently completing a degree in Sport Management at Brock University and is interested in combining his passion for athletics with a desire to be of service to athletes at all levels. When Jesse is not playing, watching or reading about athletics, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking in live music and finding new sights and sounds to explore.

 

About the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships:

The Li-Ning BWF 2018 World Junior Championships are taking place in Markham, Ontario, Canada from November 5-18, 2018.  The City of Markham, along with its partners Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario, are excited to be welcoming 600 athletes from over 55 countries.  Competition will occur at the Markham Pan Am Centre, which has been host to many international events since its opening in 2014. This will be the third time that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships.

The Championships will be played on 8 BWF (Badminton World Federation) approved badminton courts and 3 warm-up courts at a first class facility that offers many high performance sport amenities. There will be at least 4 off-site training locations close by -that will be used for training throughout the tournament. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has been preparing for this event since May 2017.

Press Conference: City of Markham

MARKHAM, ON – February 6, 2018 – The City of Markham is set to host the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario. 

The Markham Pan Am Centre is recognized as a world class venue that hosted four sold out events during the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, including badminton. Celebrating our Canadian identity through sport unites our community and makes the City an international sports destination.

“Let’s cheer on Team Canada as we welcome the world to Markham,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our state of the art facility, which was built with badminton in mind, is the perfect venue to watch the world’s best compete. Markham loves badminton, and this competition will not only create a strong sense of community, it will inspire young athletes to pursue excellence in sport.”

For the 600 athletes from over 55 countries, this is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills while competing on Canadian soil. This is only the third time in the history of the sport that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships. “It is another opportunity to promote badminton in one of our developing confederations and I am sure Markham will be a great host,” says Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, Badminton World Federation (BWF). “It will be exciting to watch the young talents battling on court and I urge residents of Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to support this event.”

Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, requiring skill, speed, agility and endurance. It is the #1 participatory sport in Markham schools, with a strong network of clubs and programming established within York Region for the sport. Michelle Li is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and has just returned home to Markham from competing at the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2018. “Living and training in Markham has been the best an athlete can ask for,” she says. “As I watch the younger players, I can see just how excited they are to compete in the World Junior Championships in Markham next November!”

“On behalf of Badminton Canada and all our players, athletes, coaches, and fans, I want to express our excitement at this tremendous opportunity to host the world during the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships in Markham,” says Anil Kaul, President of Badminton Canada. “I also want to thank Badminton Ontario, the Organizing Committee, and all the volunteers and sponsors for their passionate work towards these Championships.”

Please see the full media release here : Media Release – Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships.pdf

Badminton Canada is proud to host the 2018 World Junior Championships

The 2018 World Junior Championships are headed to Markham, ON

(Ottawa, ON) – On Monday May 22nd, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that Badminton Canada has been awarded the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships, to be held at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario in November of 2018. This marks only the third time that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships, having previously hosted the 2004 World Junior Badminton Championships (Richmond, BC) and the 1985 World Championships (Calgary, AB). The World Junior Badminton Championships is the largest of the BWF World Championships, attracting upwards of 40 countries and over 500 athletes and coaches.

“Badminton Canada is extremely excited about this opportunity to host the World Juniors in Canada.” Said Joe Morissette, Executive Director of Badminton Canada. “This event capitalizes on the legacy of the 2015 Pan American Games, and the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships, both hosted at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario.”

The World Junior Championships are a great opportunity to showcase rising stars among the next generation of world class badminton athletes. With hosting this international tournament, Badminton Canada believes this event is a huge step for our high-performance and long-term development programs.

“Hosting this event well aligns with our targeted, long-term approach to putting athletes on the podium at the Olympics” continued Joe Morissette, “we understand that producing and developing world champions is a process. Hosting events such as the 2018 World Junior Championships is an important step in supporting our next generation of athletes.”

“Winning a bid for any World Championships in any sport takes a significant amount of work and dedication at so many levels” said Martha Deacon, Director of High Performance on the Badminton Ontario Board, and co-presenter of the bid to the BWF with the Badminton Canada President, Anil Kaul; “we bid knowing the enormity of the task but also in understanding the opportunity that it presents to our nation, to our athletes and to showcase the international diversity of our sport to the GTA”.

“Today the Markham Pan Am Centre legacy lives on as one of Canada’s premier international sports destinations and an elite athlete training centre, located in the heart of downtown Markham,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Celebrating and participating in sport is important to the people of Markham. It’s a strong part of our Canadian identity. Our community offers everything you need for a successful badminton event; the City of Markham is proud and honoured to host the Badminton World Junior Championships in 2018.”

With Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario working collaboratively to bring one of the most prestigious events in badminton to Canada, there is only excitement and optimism surrounding the international competition.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this news from the BWF, and want to thank them for their confidence in our ability to host such a prestigious competition. This is a testament to the living legacy for our sport – from the world class facility that is the Markham Pan Am Centre, to our hundreds of volunteers that were trained for the Games and continue to dedicate so much of their time to building our sport” said Ian Moss, President of Badminton Ontario.

“Not only will this competition showcase the future World and Olympic Badminton champions, but it will offer a massive opportunity for our Canadian athletes and coaches to measure themselves against the best in the world” he continued.

Canada will be hosting the 2017 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships at the Pan Am Centre in Markham from July 21-28th, and will serve as an excellent preparation event for hosting the World Junior Badminton Championships the following year.

Badminton Canada encourages everyone to come out and support our Canadian athletes for the both the 2017 Jr. Pan American Championships as well as the 2018 World Juniors. These events will have world class performances, and will certainly provide an unforgettable experience for all those who attend. We look forward to seeing you at the Markham Pan Am Centre!

Mike Luck
Events & Communications Officer
Badminton Canada