Thompson native Jen Saunders missed out on the medals in both the women's singles and women's doubles events at the 2012 Pan American Racquetball Championships in Temuco, Chile, held March 30 to April 7, losing in the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in the doubles event.
Saunders lost 5-15, 15-12, 6-11 to Carola Loma of Bolivia in the quarterfinals of the singles playoffs, after opening the elimination round with a 15-5, 15-0 defeat of Maria Cespedes of the Dominican Republic. Saunders received a first-round bye in the playoffs after finishing first in Group C in the preliminary round, beating Pamela Sierra of Honduras (15-6, 15-1), Mariana Paredes of Venezuela (15-5, 15-6) and Claudine Garcia of the Dominican Republic (15-7, 15-9).
Saunders and her partner Christine Richardson dropped a 12-15, 11-15 decision to Loma and Janny Daza of Bolivia in the women's doubles semifinal, having earlier beaten Paredes and Mariana Tobon of Venezuela 15-10, 15-14 in the quarterfinal after receiving a first-round bye. The Canadian pair finished at the top of Group B in the doubles preliminary round, beating Veronique Gillemette and Natalia Corti of Argentina (15-2, 15-10), Carla Munoz and Maria Paz Riquelme of Chile (15-2, 15-7) and Garcia and Cespedes of the Dominican Republic (15-6, 15-11).
Saunders is the current Canadian women's racquetball champion in both the women's singles and doubles categories. She has won five national singles championships and seven national doubles championships. She was named Manitoba's 2009 female athlete of the year.