Team USA succeeded at Pan Am Para-Badminton Championships 2018

By USAB Staff | Nov. 11, 2018, 6:04 p.m. (ET)

Dean Schoppe and Yuko Kawasaki traveled with 10 para athletes to the 2018 Pan Am Championships held in Lima Peru.  13 year old Jayci Simon from Michigan lead the group winning medals in singles, doubles, and mixed. It was an especially amazing feat because this was Jayci’s first international tournament. Dawson McClure of Oklahoma won a bronze in mixed and men’s doubles.  Miles Krajewski of South Dakota won gold in doubles and silver in singles, losing to his Brazilian partner Vitor Tavares. Katherine Valli of Pennsylvania won gold in women’s doubles and  silver in women’s singles. Colleen Gioffreda of Maryland won silver in women’s doubles with young Jayci, and a bronze in mixed with her son Ryan. In the wheelchair division, Amy Burnett from Tennessee won bronze in singles and mixed doubles. Short stature athlete Jake Petruzelli of New York and amputees Eric Johnson of Minnesota  and Richard Alcaraz of Arizona performed admirably in their respective events, making their way out of pool play and into the knock out rounds. 


Coach Dean Schoppe said, “The level of our athletes has improved tremendously and as a result, team USA is bringing home 14 medals. Additionally, each one of our athletes made it out of their pools and were medal contenders.”  Yuko Kawasaki added, “It has been an amazing tournament for our group of athletes. 

We look forward to the continued growth and development of para badminton in the USA!”

USA Badminton appreciates all the support from U.S. Olympic Committee!