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Canada's McKee Savours PanAm Victory

Top Canadian female doubles player Fiona McKee earned a measure of redemption for failing to play at the recent Beijing Olympic Games when she produced two medal-winning performances at the Pan American Badminton Championships in Lima, Peru.

McKee was unable to qualify for the Olympics this year, which she admitted was a major disappointment in her career.

However, the 23-year-old found reason to smile in Peru with some strong performances in the mixed doubles and women's doubles.

In the mixed doubles, she teamed up with Will Milroy to win the gold medal. The pair defeated fellow Canadians Val Loker and Toby Ng 21-12, 16-21, 21-18.

She also partnered Loker to reach the final of the women's doubles competition, where they lost 21-19, 21-18 to the top-seeded pair from Peru, Claudia Rivero and Christina Aicardi.

Although aiming for two golds, McKee was happy with a gold and silver, attributing her success to the presence of South Korea's former world and Olympic men's doubles champion Kim Dong-moon.

"I've been with him for about three weeks and he's changed my game. Being a former world champion in mixed and doubles, he has the skills and understanding of the game. He's changed some of my mechanics like my footwork and grip," McKee was quoted as saying in

"In Canada, we do not have the technical skills. But he's given me the tools with how hard I have to work and to be more efficient. Every day in working with him is exciting."

Her success was also achieved with new partners. It was the first time she had played with Milroy and the second tournament with Loker.

"Val is one of the top doubles players in Canada and she's a tall, powerful girl and I'm shorter and faster," said McKee.

"I'm good at the net and she's good at the back. We each compliment each other with our strengths.

"Will and I train together in Calgary and he's one of the top Canadian players. He's the best I could play with in mixed doubles since he's a bit older than I am and he knows how to get me going and when I have to settle down.

"He definitely brings the best out of me on the court."

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