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RETURNING SERVE – Badminton player Christopher Blakesley returns a serve while his doubles partner, Gabrielle Boulanger, looks on during the 2019 Yukon Championships - Junior Tournament at Porter Creek Secondary on Saturday.

Badminton decides its Yukon champions

The 2019 Yukon Championships - Junior Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday at Porter Creek Secondary School

By John Tonin on May 7, 2019

The 2019 Yukon Championships - Junior Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday at Porter Creek Secondary School. Singles and doubles players took to the court to determine who would be the Yukon badminton champion.

A full repertoire of skills was shown by the athletes as they made impressive drop shots and smashes of the birdie.

The winners are as follows:

Starting with the boys singles, Max Naulet managed to take the best of three match against Joel Girourard to win the U13 title. The U15 gold was won by Christopher Blakesley, who defeated Zach Willoughby. Nikolas Spicer placed third.

Christopher Tom Tom outlasted Blakesley to earn the U17 boys singles title. Willoughby placed third.

The U19 singles was a rematch of Blakesley and TomTom. This time around, the results favoured Blakesley as he earned the title of champion. Naulet placed third.

Switching to girls singles, Cedy Krueger was able to outlast Nicolette deLeon to win the U13 distinction. Wyllow Dinn rounded out the top three.

Orlina Menard defeated Julianne Girouard for the U15 crown, with Queenie Lu earning bronze.

The U17 and U19 matches were played by Gabrielle Boulanger and Lily Kremer. Boulanger was victorious in both matches to earn herself two gold medals. Lu won bronze in U17 and third place in U19 singles went to Menard.

In boys doubles, the team of Willoughby and Spicer defeated the duo of Naulet and Devyn Rollins for first in U15. Joel Girourard and Eli Cairns placed third.

Naulet and Rollins were able to win gold in the U17 final defeating Blakesley and Willoughby. Tom Tom and Cairns rounded the top three.

The team of Naulet and Rollins earned themselves another gold medal in the U19 finals, outlasting Blakesley and Willoughby. TomTom and Cairns were once again third.

The U15 girls' champions in doubles were Hailey Loblaw and Brooke Tippett, who beat Emma McFarland and Girouard. Lu and Khushi Brar placed third.

Tippett and Loblaw could not earn gold in the U17 as they were defeated by Boulanger and McFarland. Brar and Lu once again found themselves in third.

In the U19 doubles, Boulanger earned another gold, this time with Menard as her partner. Isla Hupe and Girouard came second and Tippett and Loblaw third.

In mixed doubles, Tippett teamed with Willoughby and they defeated Lu and Rollins for gold.

Boulanger and Blakesley formed a team and defeated Tippett and Willoughby for the U17 mixed doubles crown.

The pair of Brar and Tom Tom were the U19 mixed doubles champions.

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