Racquetball Canada’s Junior National Team has arrived in Minneapolis where they will be competing in the International Racquetball Federation Junior World Championships. The championship tournament runs from November 5th to 11th.
Eleven athletes from across Canada will be competing in singles and doubles events in the U14, U16 and U18 age divisions. Team members were selected based on results at the 2017 Canadian Junior Championships held in Leamington earlier this year.
Lethbridge will have two representatives for Team Canada at the championship in both the U18 and U14 categories. Alexis Iwaasa (coached by Milton Iwaasa) will be competing in the U18 category, and Naman Gauri (coached by Milton Iwaasa) will be competing in the U14 category.
Team Canada has a history of success at the junior world level. In 2016 Canada won three bronze medals, one in singles and two in doubles. Canada finished sixth in both the boys and girls standings, as well as the overall team standing.
Team Canada is in good hands with a very experienced coaching staff. Michel Gagnon of Montreal, QC is the head coach. Rino Langelier of Brossard QC and Corey Osborne of Penetanguishene, ON are the assistant coaches. Combined, these three coaches have represented Canada internationally over forty times.
Geri Powell, Racquetball Canada’s Administrator of High Performance appreciates the opportunity that the Junior World Championships provides to young Canadian athletes. “In addition to the opportunity to gain international experience, I hope that the athletes enjoy the experience and the friendships that they make along their journey. It is all an important part of their development in becoming an elite athlete.” Powell added, “We also appreciate and thank the coaches for their continued support of our Canadian athletes.”
Results and live-streaming links can will posted at: http://www.internationalracquetball.com
Games will be streamed live streamed on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/internationalracquetball
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Posted November 6, 2017