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Paula Lynn Parrocho Obañana (born 19 March 1985) is a Filipino-American badminton player who was originally from Dumaguete, Philippines.[1][2] In 2015, she won the women's doubles gold medals at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada partnered with Eva Lee.[3] In 2016, she competed at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[4]

Paula Lynn Obanana
Personal information
Birth namePaula Lynn Parrocho Obañana
Country United States
Born (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 34)
Dumaguete City, Philippines
ResidenceMinneapolis–Saint Paul, United States
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachAlistair Casey
Johanna Lee
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking17 (WD 2 April 2015)
77 (XD 2 July 2019)
BWF profile

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Personal lifesEdit

Obañana, started training at the age of 10 during her elementary years at the Silliman University Elementary School. She later joined the High School Badminton Varsity Team at Silliman University and was subsequently awarded Athlete of the Year", Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year “ and “Most Valuable Player”.[5] After graduating from high school she was recruited on a scholarship at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines where she eventually obtained her bachelor's degree. She Left the Philippines in 2006, where her mother's Nenita Obanana had been recruited to work as a nurse in Minnesota. Obanana officially became a U.S. citizen in May 2011.[6]

AchievementsEdit

Pan American GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
  Eva Lee   Lohaynny Vicente
  Luana Vicente
21–14, 21–6   Gold
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Eva Lee   Alex Bruce
  Michelle Li
21–12, 16-21, 19-21   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Howard Bach   Toby Ng
  Grace Gao
11–21, 21–19, 14–21   Bronze

Pan Am ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
  Eva Lee   Lohaynny Vicente
  Luana Vicente
23–21, 21–14   Gold
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  Eva Lee   Alex Bruce
  Phyllis Chan
21–15, 21–13   Gold

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 U.S. Grand Prix   Eva Lee   Hsieh Pei-chen
  Wu Ti-jung
16–21, 10–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Eva Lee   Jing Yu Hong
  Beiwen Zhang
17–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2016 Tahiti International   Eva Lee   Akane Araki
  Ayaka Kawasaki
13–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2016 Austrian Open   Eva Lee   Ekaterina Bolotova
  Evgeniya Kosetskaya
11–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2015 Chile International Challenge   Eva Lee   Lohaynny Vicente
  Luana Vicente
21–17, 21–16   Winner
2015 Bulgarian International   Eva Lee   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
14–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2015 Guatemala International   Eva Lee   Johanna Goliszewski
  Carla Nelte
18–21, 22–24   Runner-up
2014 USA International   Eva Lee   Naoko Fukuman
  Kurumi Yonao
10–21, 23–25   Runner-up
2014 Guatemala International   Eva Lee   Paula B Pereira
  Fabiana Silva
11–3, 11–3, 11–10   Winner
2014 Peru International   Eva Lee   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
21–14, 21–15   Winner
2013 Bulgarian International   Eva Lee   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
15–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2013 Canadian International   Eva Lee   Alex Bruce
  Phyllis Chan
15–21, 14–21   Winner
2012 Tahiti International   Eva Lee   Alex Bruce
  Michelle Li
21–13, 21–12   Winner
2012 Polish Open   Eva Lee   Mariana Agathangelou
  Heather Olver
12–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2012 Austrian International   Eva Lee   Ng Hui Ern
  Ng Hui Lin
16–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2012 Swedish Masters   Eva Lee   Mariana Agathangelou
  Heather Olver
15–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2011 Norwegian International   Eva Lee   Lotte Jonathans
  Paulien Van Dooremalen
17–21, 21–6, 21–13   Winner
2011 Brazil International   Eva Lee   Alex Bruce
  Michelle Li
21–14, 21–17   Winner
2011 Guatemala International   Eva Lee   Grace Gao
  Joycelyn Ko
19–21, 21–18, 21–13   Winner
2010 Brazil International   Eva Lee   Iris Wang
  Rena Wang
14–21, 21–11, 21–12   Winner
2009 Miami Pan Am International   Priscilla Lun   Sandra Chirlaque
  Alejandra Monteverde
22–20, 13–21, 21–13   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Cote d'Ivoire International   Howard Shu   Ahmed Salah
  Hadia Hosny El Said
21–16, 21–14   Winner
2019 Benin International   Howard Shu   Pit Seng Low
  Louisa Ma
21–12, 21–13   Winner
2019 Peru International   Howard Shu   Fabricio Farias
  Jaqueline Lima
21–17, 22–20   Winner
2019 Mauritius International   Howard Shu   Vinson Chiu
  Breanna Chi
17–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2019 Uganda International   Howard Shu   Vinson Chiu
  Breanna Chi
21–9, 21–12   Winner
2011 Miami International   Phillip Chew   Lasitha Menaka Karunathilake
  Renu Chandrika Hettiarachchige
21–18, 17–21, 21–10   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Paula Lynn Obanana". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Athletes: Paula Lynn Obanana Badminton". www.teamusa.org. Badminton USA. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Badminton - Athlete Profile: Obanana Paula Lynn". results.toronto2015.org. Toronto 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Paula Lynn Obanana". www.rio2016.com. Rio 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Silliman Alumnus competes in Olympics" (PDF). Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Minnesotan Paula Lynn Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics". www.startribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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