Remember Northeast players Sameera Gunatileka and Vincent Nguy from Maryland? During 2008 to 2011, they trained hard and performed well to earn their slots in Team USA for various BWF events including the Pan Am Championships (team and individual event), Thomas Cup and World Championship.
This year's Connecticut Open, our 55th annual, featured several new champions. Alan Shekhtman from Massachusetts captured his first Men's Singles and Mixed Doubles titles.
Charmaine Reid from Canada, a triple crown winner, took her first Women's Singles title and teamed with six time Women's Doubles winner, Daphne Chang, to top the Women's Doubles field and paired with Alan Shekhtman to take the Mixed Doubles.
“I will do whatever I can to help increase the popularity of the sport, because I truly believe badminton deserves great recognition.” ~ Alex Cheng
Junior competitor Nicholas Waller (MA-U19) has a lot to say about competing in the XXII Pan Am Junior Championships, having travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for this summer’s competition where Team USA took home 40 of the 75 medals.