Two Medals for Tahiti's Remi Rossi

Remi Rossi representing French Polynesia (Tahiti) collected two silver medals; one in the Men's Singles, the other in the Men's Doubles with partner and a key driver in Tahiti Badminton; Leo Cucuel at the 2016 Oceania Championships played in Papeete, Tahiti.

This result follows his silver medals in the same events at the Oceania Junior Championships in 2013; also held in Tahiti. 

The road to the Men's singles final included beating top seed Pit Seng Low from Australia in a 41 minute match, winning 21-19 in the third game.  In the semi-finals Remi then defeated the third seed - Antony Joe also from Australia, in two games.  Looking for a hat-trick of wins over the Australian players Remi needed to defeat Ashwant Gobinathan in the final, however it wasn't to be with Ashwant winning 21-17 21-16.

Remi, playing with an old friend and now his coach when he returns to Tahit; Leo Cucuel in the Men's Doubles, scored a good win over the favoured second seeds; Pit Seng Low and Anthony Joe (AUS) in the semi-final to meet Australia's top pair, ranked no. 60 in the world; Matthew Chau & Sawan Serasinghe in the final; the Australian's too strong winning 21-11 21-12.

Each night Remi has played his parents have set the alarm clock in France, turned on the computer and watched their son play through the live-stream which has run all tournament, showing the great family support and love of badminton.

Remi, 20 years old, started his badminton career in Tahiti 10 years ago; coached by his father Patrick.  Three years ago the Rossi family returned to France, where Remi now studies engineering at Lyon University.  The move to France has been good for Remi's badminton as he is a member of the Oullins club which plays in the top league in France, giving him the opportunity to play and train with top players on a regular basis, something which is difficult to do when on the small island of Papeete. 

Remi's brother; Leo, who also learnt his badminton from his father Patrick has also flourished in France and now plays in the France junior team, winning a silver medal in doubles and a bronze medal in singles at the recent European u17 Championships; a fantastic achievement which is testament to the good coaching and training he received as a youngster starting out in Tahiti.

Remi is back in Tahiti for just over 3 weeks before he heads back to France to continue with his studies; he has another 4 years to go, however he hopes to return to play for Tahiti in the 2017 Oceania Championships in February; where his aim is to better the two silver medals won this year and the Sudirman Cup in May, being held on the Gold Coast - Australia.

One of the strenghts of Remi's game is his endurance and the ability to outlast his opposition.  This strength was demonstrated in 2012 when Remi at age 16, with his father Patrick, won the famous Raid Painapo race - a gruelling 20km cross country race on the island of Moorea, raced in teams of 2. 

We look forward to following Remi's career and hope to see him back in the Oceania region very soon


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