MEET MICHELLE LI
Michelle was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada at the age of 6. At 11 years old, she picked up her first badminton racquet and realized her Olympic dream at the age of 17. She is now a professional badminton player and 2 time Olympian. Coming from a country where badminton is not a prominent sport and despite the lack of resources and funding, she has made many historic breakthroughs. Through hard work and dedication, she has reached a level no other Canadian badminton player has reached.
As a leading player of the Canadian badminton national team since 2009, she has won 8 senior national titles, 4 Pan am Games titles, 1 Commonwealth Games title and has competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She is currently ranked #10 in the world and on track to compete at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
The passion and commitment Michelle has for the sport is what continues to drive her forward. She is determined to make an impact and change the sport for the better on a national and global scale. Michelle hopes to inspire future generations and continue to create history for Canadian badminton.
Michelle has had her fair share of obstacles and struggles, with injuries and lack of resources being her toughest ones to overcome even to this day. Nevertheless, she always tries to carry a positive vibe on court and focuses her energy on bringing her best performance in each match rather than the outcome. Off court, she is typically a smile-y person who loves to eat, travel and enjoy the roller-coaster ride of unexpected events that comes with life. With everyday and every experience, she is always learning something new.
Current World Ranking: 10th • Matches: 492 / W 338 / L 154
COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD MEDAL
HIGHEST RANKING IN THE WORLD
4 TIME PAN AMERICAN GAMES CHAMPION
2 OLYMPIC GAMES (LONDON + RIO)
8 TIME CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION