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NameMatthew Paul Dwight Parsons
ContingentTeam Newfoundland and Labrador
HometownGlovertown, NL



Single Male
Final position: 17
16Saturday, February 24, 200709:00Canada Games Centre
Double Male
Team: Webb/Parsons
Final position: 17
15Saturday, February 24, 200714:00Canada Games Centre
Team competition Mix
Team: Newfoundland and Labrador
Final position: 8
3-6Tuesday, February 27, 200709:00Canada Games Centre
6-11Tuesday, February 27, 200719:00Canada Games Centre
2C-1DWednesday, February 28, 200709:00Canada Games Centre
1B-2CWednesday, February 28, 200714:00Canada Games Centre
2A-2CThursday, March 01, 200709:00Canada Games Centre
R1 (3A-4B)Thursday, March 01, 200713:00Canada Games Centre
Losers R1-R2Friday, March 02, 200709:00Canada Games Centre



Height (ft, inches)5, 11
Weight (lb)156
Language(s) spokenEnglish
Years I have participated in my sport
Club or School TeamBadminton Newfoundland and Labrador
CoachCraig Ralph
Other recent athletic or artistic accomplishments
- Named Badminton Newfoundland & Labrador's Under-14 Player of the Year for the 2000/2001 season.
- Named Runner-up for School Sport Newfoundland & Labrador's Student-Athlete of the Year Award
Games or championships that I have participated in
Year Full name of competition/sport/event Placing
2006 Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Junior Badminton Championship 1st
2006 Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Senior Badminton Championship 1st
2001 Atlantic Canadian Under-14 Badminton Championships 1st
My goals for the 2007 Canada Winter Games
To help ensure that Team Newfoundland and Labrador achieves its highest placing in the sport of Badminton in its history at the Canada Games, as well as to gain the respect of every athlete and spectator at the Games by performing at my absolute best throughout the entire competition.
My personal role model
I don't really like to think that I look up to one individual in particular, but rather I like to take positive aspects from a great range of people around me such as my parents, coaches, friends, and other family members and build my attitude and behavior around the lessons I learn from each and every one of them.
Other information that could be of interest to the media
Initially, I was not even going to consider participating in the Canada Games, as I had taken a break from the sport of badminton for nearly 2 years. However, last year my old high school coach (who is also the Canada Games coach for Newfoundland & Labrador) gave me a call and told me that he would really like to see me make a comeback and take a stab at making this team. At first I was a little skeptical, but after putting a fair bit of thought into the matter, I decided to pick up my training again and give it a go. After a few months of training I got myself back into decent shape and became a good contender to make the team, and after a long tryout process I was successful and was named as a member of Team Newfoundland & Labrador. I'm quite glad I made the decision to make a comeback, because I'm sure this will be the experience of a lifetime for me and my teammates.