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Pan Am Championships

Posted by Anna Rice on October 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM Comments comments (140)

After eleven years…back to Guadalajara

Eleven years ago in the summer 1998 I traveled from Vancouver to Guadalajara, Mexico for my first international badminton tournament. Yes, I was a late bloomer as far as international experience goes; a far cry from the Wang Yihans and Saina Nehwals of today who have already won major world titles by the end of their Junior careers. But every badminton player’s trajectory of imp...

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A New Chapter Begins

Posted by Anna Rice on October 15, 2009 at 12:58 AM Comments comments (3361)

     At the end of August my life began a new chapter: marriage.  Our wedding celebration was great, it was by far the best day of our lives. Even though my married friends had told me how special it would be, I couldn't even come close to understanding until it actually took place.


   The day itself was a perfect Vancouver day. There is no city in the world as gorgeous as Vancouver on a hot sunny day.  Everything to do with the weddi...

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Sidelined From World Champs

Posted by Anna Rice on August 9, 2009 at 12:41 AM Comments comments (6)
Trip to India not to be

It was a difficult decision to make, but last week I decided to withdraw from the 2009 World Championships.  In L.A. last month I suffered a hip injury that I had hoped would be gone in time for the World Championships, but unfortunately it took longer to heal than expected.  I got the injury in the 2nd round of the U.S. Open, and after that match I wasn't sure if I would be able to make it through the tournament. ...
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U.S. Open: My biggest title yet

Posted by Anna Rice on July 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (54)

I was thrilled to have won the U.S. Open title this past weekend in Orange County, California.  This Grand Prix event is the biggest tournament held in North America and has always been one of my favorite events, since the sun is constantly shining and there is a cool atmosphere amongst the players.



This tournament win is my biggest title so far, and I really didn't expect it after spending almost three months in Uganda.  But actually, I d...

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Back Home at Last...well, closer to home at least ; )

Posted by Anna Rice on July 7, 2009 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (9976)

Wow...what an exciting few months I've had.  Uganda is a very special country and I am so honored to have been able to live there the past few months.  I made some incredible friends and had some serious 'eye-opening' experiences that will be with me for my entire life.

I apologize that I haven't updated my blog as frequently as I had hoped, however, internet access to this site was limited from Uganda.  I arrived back to Canada two weeks ago, just in time to...

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Backyard Badminton-Refugee Style

Posted by Anna Rice on May 19, 2009 at 6:47 AM Comments comments (7)

If you are reading this blog than you've likely played backyard badminton, even if you don’t want to admit it. But how many of you can say your ‘backyard’ was a communal field in the centre of a refugee camp?


One week ago I returned from Western Uganda, where I spent twelve days visiting two refugee camps and running badminton programs there.  The project was called the Badminton Initiative in Uganda (BIU) and it was a joint mission betwee...

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Pushing My Comfort Zone

Posted by Anna Rice on May 2, 2009 at 8:54 AM Comments comments (45)

      It?s been three weeks since I stepped off the plane in Kampala, Uganda. In some ways it feels like I?ve been here for months,in others every day feels like my first. Before arriving to Uganda I?d been to Africa once before, though only to compete in the 2003 Nigerian International. As most badminton players will agree, when you visit a place for a tournament your priority is always to make yourself as comfortable as possible, taking control of as many variables ...

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Lots of News...Officially!

Posted by Anna Rice on March 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM Comments comments (163)

On July 22, 2000 I landed for the first time at the Copenhagen airport for what I thought would be an eight month stint training at the International Badminton Academy while studying an exchange year at the University of Copenhagen.

Almost 9 years later, I never could have imagined I would still be  living in Denmark.  When I came to Denmark I was ranked 157 on the BWF world rankings, and proud to be amongst the top 10 best in Canada.  Never could I have predicted tha...

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That's Why She's World Champion

Posted by Anna Rice on February 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (4)

"That's why she's world Champion", is all I could say to myself after my tough match against China's Zhu Lin yesterday at the German Open.  After a good start to the tournament with a win over Germany's fourth highest ranked woman Karin Schnaaze, I was excited to meet the (stil reigning) world champ. 

Our last encounter occurred just a few days before Zhu Lin won the crown as the world's best, and we had a good match then before the raucous Malaysian crowd.  I...

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Olympians in Support of Right To Play

Posted by Anna Rice on February 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM Comments comments (6)

This is an important blog entry for me, as it discusses an issue close to my heart.  Namely, the need to fight for what remains true within the arena of Olympic and professional sport.  

As some of you may have read by now, this past December the International Olympic Committee announced they would end the memorandum of understanding that had existed for over 15 years between the IOC and the humanitarian sport for development organization Right To Play. &...

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