Team USA Para Athletes Success Update

By Team USA Para Badminton | May 31, 2019, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

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Team USA Para Badminton has some very exciting news!  3 of our athletes - Amy Burnett (WH2), Eric Johnson (SL4) , and Miles Krajewski (SS6) - have qualified for the Para Pan Am Games coming up in August in Lima, Peru.   In addition, all of our para athletes are anxiously awaiting invitations to their next event, World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, in August.  Good luck to all of our athletes in both of these events!

Team USA Para Badminton is also looking forward to 3 upcoming events in July.  In conjunction with DAAA (Dwarf Athletic Association of America), Team USA is hosting an Open Regional SS6 Classification Tournament on Tuesday, July 2nd followed by a coaching clinic for all athletes on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th.   Both events will be held at the Bay Badminton Center in South San Francisco.   In addition, in conjunction with the Cornhusker State Games, Team USA is hosting another Open Regional Para Tournament for all classifications in Omaha, Nebraska on July 20th. 



Team USA had great success in the recent Canadian International Tournament May 7th-12th in Ottawa, Canada.  Thanks to all of our coaches who worked hard recently to prepare the team for success:   Abhishek Ahlawat, Pallav Deka, Yassine Iliasse, Yuko Kawasaki, Moss Lattison, and Dean Schoppe.  Yuko and Moss also accompanied the team to Canada and together with our 8 SS6 athletes, Colleen Gioffreda, Ryan Gioffreda, Miles Krajewski, Dawson McClure, Emily Overholt, Jake Petruzzelli, Jayci Simon, and Katherine Valli, Team USA brought home 9 medals - 1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze!

All of Team USA’s 8 athletes played extremely well in Canada.  Collectively, our athletes had tremendous success in doubles and mixed doubles events.   Ryan Gioffreda advanced to the round of 16 in men’s singles and quarter finals in men’s doubles with partner Jake Petruzzelli.  Jake also brought home his first medal in international competition with mixed doubles partner, Jayci Simon – together, they won bronze.  Jayci continued to rock it with women’s double partner, Colleen Gioffreda, bringing home bronze in that event as well. Emily Overholt walked away with a great win with her mixed doubles partner, Dawson McClure, against the Peruvian pair of Fernandez/Salva (congratulations on a great first international tournament, Emily!).  Dawson also kept us on the edge of our seats with his men’s doubles partner, Wyatt Lightfoot, in a 3 game winner over the Canadian pair of Keith/Kendrick to advance to the quarter finals. Miles Krajewski played extremely well in all events against some of the top players in the world, and he took home bronze with his men’s doubles partner, Dae Sung Lee from Korea, and silver with his mixed doubles partner, Katherine Valli.  Katherine also brought home gold in women’s doubles with partner, Giuliana Poveda from Peru, after losing to her in the women’s singles final; Katherine captured the silver medal in that event.  All in all, a great Canadian tournament for our athletes – go, Team USA!