Mr. Speaker, on Monday, April 12, 2004, I had the privilege of participating in the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Junior National Badminton Championships hosted by the Boulevard Club in my riding.
Keith Arthur, head coach at the club, and Stan Viezner, the tournament chair, hosted perhaps the most successful junior badminton tournament to date.
The theme for this year's tournament was “Playin' Proud” which reflects the individual efforts that all participants have made in dedication, commitment, discipline and fitness in order to compete at this level.
The week long event featured 217 of the best Canadian badminton players in the under 14 and under 16 age categories, representing eight different provinces.
There were 10 main events, with singles, doubles and mixed categories in each group. Ontario managed the top spot with six gold medals.
I wish to congratulate all those who participated in the under 14 and under 16 Junior National Badminton Championships.