Medals fly for local badminton athletes

Port Coquitlam’s Shuttlesport badminton academy will have to make some room on its shelves as several of its athletes earned meals at last weekend’s Western Canadian badminton team championships in Richmond.

They were led by Coquitlam’s Paxton Lin, who won a gold medal in the U17 competition. That’s in addition to silver and bronze medals he won in boys and mixed doubles competition at the provincial junior championships held earlier in April in Port Coquitlam. The Grade 9 student also helped his senior team at Port Moody secondary school to a second place finish of eight teams competing at that school’s invitational tournament.

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Lin is scheduled to compete in the U17 mixed doubles and boys doubles competition at the Canadian junior championships in Winnipeg May 20 to 25. He’ll be paired with his older brother, Aaron, in the latter.

Jalene Pang, of Coquitlam, won a silver medal in Richmond, following up on a bronze medal she won in U19 girls singles, as well as silver and bronze in girls and mixed doubles, at the provincial championships.

And Nicholas Susanto, a New West athlete who trains at Shuttlesport, added a bronze medal in the U15 competition in Richmond to the sliver he won in mixed doubles at the provincial championships.

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