CALI, COL (December 2, 2021) – The Canadian table tennis team of Jeremy Hazin from Richmond Hill, ON and Sophie Gauthier of Montreal, QC are coming home from the 2021 Junior Pan American Games held in Cali, Colombia with two bronze medals. Hazin captured bronze in men’s singles and partnered with Gauthier to bring home bronze in mixed doubles.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win two bronze medals for Canada as this is a multi-sports event,” said Hazin following his semifinal loss to Angel Naranjo from Puerto Rico (2-4) on Thursday night. “Coming here, my lowest expectation was to at least win a medal in one of my events, and my highest expectation was to win a gold medal – especially in singles. It was definitely possible as I came close to getting into the finals.”

Hazin entered the competition fresh off competing at the 2021 World Championships in Houston, TX last week: “The World Championships definitely helped me prepare for this competition and gave me a big confidence boost. Looking forward to my next competition, I want to find more time to train while managing my time properly between school and table tennis.”

For Gauthier, who was competing in her first international multisport Games, the highlight of the competition was her quarterfinal match with Hazin against the team from Puerto Rico which they won 3-2: “That was a difficult match against strong opponents. Jeremy and I didn’t play perfectly, but we found a way to win. I felt pretty good out there while we were playing. My expectations coming into this competition were to leave everything on the table with no regret and I think I did that during the tournament. Even if I was disappointed with my single results (she lost 4-1 against Giulia Takahashi of Brazil in the round of 32), I was happy I could come back the next day to fight in mixed doubles.”

The pair would go on to lose against the pair from Mexico in the semifinals to end the competition with a bronze medal.

Coach Maxime Surprenant of Montreal, QC was happy with the players’ results: “We knew we had a shot at the podium but it was the first time that Sophie and Jeremy had played together in doubles. They adapted very quickly and were able to play at a good level.

We are playing in high altitude here which makes the ball travel longer and faster, which is very different than in Canada. They adapted quickly but in some key moments made some mistakes related to that. It’s also very hot and humid here which adds another layer of difficulty. The best part was their ability to create variations in the game and use good tactics.”

For complete results from the Pan American Championships, please visit: https://results.ittf.com/ittf-web-results/html/TTE5288/results.html#/results