Rice leads Commonwealth badminton team
Canadian badminton star Anna Rice will have a shot to end her fine career in style at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Rice, the country's top-ranked women's singles player and the No. 43 competitor in the world, tops a dozen athletes named Thursday to the Canadian squad for the Oct. 3-14 Games in Delhi, India.
The 29-year-old from Vancouver plans to make it the final international competition of a career highlighted by five Canadian singles titles, a pair of Olympic appearances and a run to the round of 16 at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.
Excluding 38-year-old alternate Milaine Cloutier, Rice will be the oldest player on the court for Canada, and the only one with any Commonwealth Games experience.
Rice and her teammates, selected based on their ranking after several competitions across North America over the past six months, will face many of the world's best badminton nations in Delhi — including host India, Malaysia, England and Singapore.
"We are sending a top-notch team with a nice mix of both experience and youth," said Kyle Hunter, executive director of Badminton Canada. "We know that players like Anna Rice and [top doubles player] Jon Vandervet will provide great leadership to the younger players and as a group they'll aim to perform at their highest level in both singles and doubles."
The complete Canadian roster (age, hometown in parentheses):
- Anna Rice (29, Vancouver, B.C.): Singles.
- Michelle Li (18, Toronto): Singles, women's doubles.
- Alexandra Bruce (20, Toronto): Women's doubles.
- Grace Gao (20, Calgary): Mixed doubles.
- Joycelyn Ko (24, Toronto): Singles.
- Alternate: Milaine Cloutier (38, Airdrie, Alta.): Women's doubles, mixed doubles.
- David Snider (22, Winnipeg): Singles.
- Alexander Pang (22, Calgary): Singles.
- Alvin Lau (25, Vancouver): Men's doubles.
- Jon Vandervet (28, Edmonton): Men's doubles.
- Toby Ng (24, Calgary), Mixed doubles.
- Alternate: Joseph Rogers (21, Ottawa): Singles.