Nottingham hosted a successful tournament with over 80 players from across the UK attending. On home ground England contingent return from Nottingham with an impressive CV of medals.
Notts Blazers Wheelchair Badminton Club hosted the Dinner Event on Saturday which was a huge success with over 90 guests attending the 3 course meal. Guest speakers Andy Wood gave some valuable experience of his coaching career including aspects of managing technical coaching and creating a team environment within each individual player. Also thanks to Mark Dennison, radio presenter, for attending and speaking at the Dinner.
The new classification system was used for the first time at the 4 Nations event and was a smooth transition. Players adapted well to the new rules, which is testiment to the Para-Badminton family and culture.
Click the photo below to see how the English Leg 4 Nations unfolded.
Nottingham Sports Centre courtesy of Notts Blazers Wheelchair Badminton Club
By Paul Gray (Wheelchair)
Denny Vettom, Philip Tew, Scott Richardon and Meva Singh Dhesi with players from the RAF Halton 'All Services' Badminton tournament
Denny Vettom and Philip Tew (Wheelchair) and Scott Richardson and Meva Singh (Standing) put on a demonstration of singles in front of an audience of all services men and women. This was held at RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 4 March where they were hosting the “All Services” annual badminton tournament.
The demonstration was very well received and afterwards there was no shortage of volunteers to join the players in some games. Denny took on and beat the singles champ in the chair. This was a popular crowd pleaser!!
The purpose of the day was to raise awareness of Para-Badminton within the forces and illustrate how disabled players can easily play alongside able-bodied players. Wing Commander Chris Eagan said there was a real opportunity here to include a disabled event within their annual competition. This would ensure that injured servicemen, who wanted to compete, could stay in touch with their “services family” at a time when they are normally being discharged from their duties, on account of their injuries.
We all came away feeling that the event had been hugely successful. There is a real future for Para-Badminton. Keep up the good work guys!
Lorraine Brydie, Para-Badminton coach
England Players came home with another heap of medals including 5 gold medals. Find out more and how each player competed in their category. The new classification system was in place, so it was new territory for all players.
Read more on how they played in the France International 2012 report.
Due to popular demand and high interest in last year's demonstration, some of the top Para-Badminton players from England will be demonstrating at the Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club again this year in 2012 from 5pm of the Finals Day.
England Para-Badminton players attending are:
Standing: Daniel Lee and Bruno Forbes
Wheelchair: Gobi Ranganathan and Martin Rooke
Dwarf: Andrew Martin and Ollie Clarke
Non-disabled players will have the opportunity to mix in with the Para-Badminton players to experience a slice of the action.
E.B.A.D. encourages and is always happy to receive any news, information or activities to do with Disability Badminton.