Who is Jason Anthony Ho-Shue?
Name: Jason Anthony Ho Shue
Representing: Team Canada
BWF Ranking: 49 in Men’s Singles, 34 in Men’s Doubles
Jason Anthony Ho-Shue is a Canadian born badminton player, shuttling for his home country. He was born to Jennifer and Anthony Ho-Shue in August of 1998 and grew up alongside his sister, Katie in Canada. Badminton was a very early hobby, passed down from his late father. The sport was a past time between father and son until Anthony Ho-Shue (Jason’s father) introduced him to competitive tournaments. He started training seriously at the age of 12 and quickly became a shuttler to contend with.
In 2011, Jason’s father suffered from a sudden and tragic heart failure – while the pair were together playing badminton. Jason suffered a moment’s hesitation on his commitment to the sport – thinking he should walk away for good. But in the end, this traumatic experience has inspired him to become a better player and a better person. With his father gone, Jason went on just weeks after his passing to win the Provincial National Championships. This is exemplary of Ho-Shue’s resilience and perseverance.
Jason notably triple crowned in the Pan Am Junior Championships in the boys singles and doubles as well as the mixed doubles events.
Ho-Shue’s competitive feats have landed him on the court, staring across the net at formidable opponents like USA?s Howard Shu and Timothy Lam. But also staring at heroes like Kento Momota (2017 Yonex/K&D International) and Lin Dan (2019 Indonesia Open). Jason is well on his way to being a major player in the international badminton game.
Before the pandemic, Jason was on track to qualify for Tokyo in both the singles and men’s doubles category (with his fellow Canadian doubles partner Nyl Yakura). Pretty impressive considering the specialization of both of those categories, and the international competition in the sport! But the pandemic pulled the Olympic qualifying to a grinding halt just a few competitions shy of officially qualifying.
His near-qualification status is also notable after a nagging knee injury forced him to withdraw from several tournaments in late summer/fall of 2019. He returned after rest and PT to the badminton court in December at a high level of performance – only to be stalled by COVID.
He spent time during the pandemic returning to his studies, focusing on business and technology in a shortened summer program. During the lockdown, Ho-Shue spent time isolating at home with family like the rest of the world.
Without COVID restrictions, Ho-Shue’s typical training routine is intense. He puts in up to 6 hours a day training both on and off the court – working in gym sessions and cardio between court sessions. Jason trains at and proudly represents E Badminton Training Centre, alongside many of Canada’s national team members, under the masterful instruction of Canadian’s National Team Coach Efendi Wijaya.
With COVID restrictions, Jason is still trying to keep his body as physically fit as possible with daily exercise including 100 morning pushups, sit-ups and cardio. He’s watching what he eats and paying attention to things like nutrition and body rest.
Ho-Shue has hit the ground running in 2021, already prepared to compete in the Toyota Thailand Open and the Yonex Thailand Open, both in January. He continues to work to bring awareness of the sport to Canada, as badminton is not as highly regarded there than in opposing Asian countries.
He was also (as most North American Badminton athletes do) self-funding for a trip to the Olympics, should he qualify.
212 Career Wins
Noteworthy: I’m sure Jason Ho-Shue would be upset if we didn’t include that one time he forced his hero Lin Dan to three sets after besting him in the second set of their match-up at the Indonesian Open in 2019. It might not have been a win, but it probably felt like one.
Gold – Men’s Doubles – VIII International Mexicano
Bronze – Men’s Singles – VIII International Mexicano
Bronze – Men’s Doubles – Yonex/K&D Graphics International
Gold – Men’s Doubles – XXI Pan American Championships
Bronze – Men’s Singles – 32nd Brazil International Badminton Cup
Gold – Team Event – XXII Pan Am Championship Team Event
Gold – Male Team – Pan Am Team Continental Championship
Bronze – Men’s Doubles – Yonex US Open
Silver – Men’s Singles – XXII PanAm Individual Championships
Gold – Men’s Doubles – XXII Pan Am Individual Championships
Gold – Men’s Doubles – 33rd Brazil International Championships
Gold – Men’s Singles – IV Jamaica International
Silver – Men’s Singles – Yonex/K&D Graphics International Championships
Silver – Men’s Doubles – Yonex/K&D Graphics International Championships
Bronze – Men’s Singles – Scottish Open
Silver – Men’s Singles – 44th Yonex Hungarian International Championships
Silver – Men’s Singles – Bahrain International Series
Bronze – Men’s Doubles – RSL Kharkiv International
Bronze – Men’s Singles – PanAm Games (Lima)
Gold – Men’s Doubles – Gold
Bronze – Men’s Doubles – 34th Brazil International Challenge
Bronze – Men’s Singles – XXIII PanAm Individual Championships
Gold – Men’s Doubles – XXIII PanAm Individual Championships
Sudirman Cup – Group 2B Win
Gold – Male Team – Pan American Team Continental Championships
Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in the Limelight
Check out some of Jason?s recent features and interviews with:
E Badminton Training Centre
Ignite Badminton League