Michelle Li, Canada’s most successful female badminton player
Michelle Li is without a doubt Canada’s most recognized, and highly decorated female Badminton player. Li, born in Hong Kong on March 11, 1991, has been residing in Canada for over 20 years. At the age of 11 she picked up the racket and shuttlecock and played with her mom before joining a local club to compete in tournaments.
Michelle excelled quickly, gaining recognition as a highly skilled badminton competitor. By 2007 she had competed in the Canada games, and the following year she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Driving her way to the top of the ranks, Michelle landed herself a spot on the Canadian National Team in 2009. Two years later Li triumphed at both the Canada Games and Pan Am Games, winning a combined 4 gold medals.
Michelle then surpassed Canada’s best ever results in her debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where finished 4’th with her partner. Li continued to exceed expectations by becoming Canada’s first ever woman to win a Badminton singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Maintaining a reputation as a formidable opponent, Michelle competed in the reputable All-England Open and achieved highly respected results, advancing all the way to the quarter finals. The victories she gathered over her career advanced her to number 11 in the world ranks. Michelle defended her gold medal in the 2015 Pan Am games, but suffered injuries in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Li has made a strong recovery and is back at the peak of her game. Additional accolades in the BWF World Tour and the Uber Cup further improved her world ranking to number 9 in women’s singles. Striving for more, our Plant Strong Athlete, Michelle Li, endeavours to win an Olympic Medal at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.