A bronze in badminton for Ho

Medal exceeds expectations for Surrey athlete

The Canada Winter Games take place Feb. 14 to March 1 in Prince George.

The Canada Winter Games take place Feb. 14 to March 1 in Prince George.

James Ho of Surrey has won a bronze medal in men’s badminton competition at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Ho defeated Kevin Barkman of Ontario 21-13, 18-21, 21-7 in the bronze medal match Wednesday morning, overcoming a much taller opponent.

“My opponent was almost twice my height and so I came in with a pretty good strategy, and it worked,” Ho said. “I wanted to make him bend so I went for half smashes and drops. I tried to avoid driving too much because he is a pretty big smasher. I forced him to the front of the net and then found opportunities to push him to the back – I had a better chance of hitting to his back court.”

Ho lost a semifinal match Tuesday afternoon, losing 21-7, 21-12 to Jason Ho-Shue of Ontario.

Ho, a B.C. champion, eliminated Quebec’s Felix DeBlois-Beaucage 21-18, 21-14 in Tuesday morning’s quarterfinal round. He won six of seven sets while working his way through the first three rounds of the knockout competition, and in the end, captured a medal.

“When I came to the Canada Winter Games my goal was to reach the semi finals and I did that,” he said. “I didn’t expect to actually medal. Fourth would have been a really great accomplishment for me. I more than achieved my goal by winning the bronze and it feels really good.”


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