When Ho-Shue was 12, his father died of a heart attack while paying badminton, which nearly drove him to quit the game. But after rededicating himself to the sport, he is now one of Canada’s top-ranked players. In an all-Ontario battle for men’s singles gold at this year’s Canada Winter Games, the 16-year-old from Markham, ON, recovered from an opening-game loss to Andrew D’Sousa of Ottawa and won the next two games to take the match, resulting in a 2-2 record in Ho-Shue’s career against Canada’s No. 1-ranked adult singles player. Admitting that he was a bit nervous coming into the final, Ho-Shue thinks that what turned the tide was his “sense of spirit with my mental play and my passion to give it my all and never give up.” Ho-Shue’s father would have been proud.