As 400 athletes from from nearly 50 countries around the world prepare to converge on the City of Markham for the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships, you’re invited to cheer on Team Canada. The event is hosted in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario from Nov. 5-18 at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

Brian Yang, Canada’s first-ever Olympic badminton medalist and top-ranked male junior singles player, will lead Team Canada. He competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Australia in March and won the Canadian Junior Open in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

“Badminton is the number one participatory sport in Markham schools and the second most popular sport in the world,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Support Team Canada at the Markham Pan Am Centre, a global sports destination where exceptional athletes and role models strive to achieve greatness and make us proud.”

Team Canada will play its first match against Ukraine at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. A full schedule of all Team Canada matches can be found here. Individual schedules will be released on Nov. 10 following the team event. Full-week passes or individual tickets are still available, click here to purchase.

Many of the Canadian athletes at the international competition hail from Markham and York Region. And, this year’s event marks just the second time in the history of the sport that the World Junior Badminton Championships will be hosted in Canada.

“Canada is hosting the best junior players in the world, athletes that are well on their way to the Olympic podium” says Marty Deacon, event chair. “We believe this experience will help prepare our juniors for the best success possible, as they continue their journey on the high-performance athlete pathway.”

The Markham Pan Am Centre is recognized as a world-class venue that hosted four sold-out events during the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, including badminton.

Photo, from the left, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti joins Marty Deacon, 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships chair and Team Canada athletes and coaches at the Mandarin Badminton Club in Markham on Nov. 1. City of Markham photo