TeamEngland Para-Badminton Squad at the Yonex All England Championships 2012
Standing: Daniel Lee, Antony Forster; Wheelchair: Owen Kilburn,Paula Robinson, Martin Rooke, Gobi Ranganathan; Dwarf: Andrew Martin, Ollie Clarke, Krysten Coombs, Rachel Choong
For the past 3-4 years England Players have been demonstrating at various world-class venues including the Yonex All England at the NIA in Birmingham and most recently the World Championships when London hosted the tournament at Wembley Arena in November 2011. This year the newly-formed TeamEngland Para-Badminton squad showcased on Thursday, highlighting the talent of England Para-Badminton players.
The TeamEngland Squad demonstrated on court with
Standing: Daniel Lee playing Antony Forster, both SL4 class players.
Wheelchair: Gobi Ranganathan and Paula Robinson playing Martin Rooke and Owen Kilburn
Dwarves: Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong playing Ollie Clarke and Krysten Coombes
'The demonstration went well, this was the first time that the TeamEngland Squad was represented and I feel it is a big step to let people recognise Para-Badminton in a bigger light. Our singles match was great as in previous years we played Mens Doubles... I would encourage any disabled person to take up the sport as in my experience you can always achieve more than you think... through Para-Badminton I have enhanced my badminton skills and lifestyle and I have met many inspirational people and formed close friends along the way'
Daniel Lee, Standing
TeamEngland Para-Badminton Squad 2012
Coaches and Officials
TeamEngland Para-Badminton Squad Traning Camp was held at Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday 3rd- Sunday 4th March 2012. The training schedule was packed with shadow practise, shot practise, sports psychology and match practise involving Academy players. Head coach Alison Pearson and Co-ordinator Leanne Brown organised a successful weekend.
Head Coach: Alison Pearson
Co-ordinator: Leanne Brown
Coach: Sharon Hawkins
Coach: Shamsu Uddin
Coach: Olli Ward
Sports massage/physio: Charlotte Hawkins
Sports Psychology: Emma Mosley
Please send in your comments of the weekend.
The championships started and finished with axillirating matches. Players fought hard for top spot and spectators told EBAD that they were amazed and mazmarized at the talent on display.
Find results in Results page.
An account from Mike Follett on Herts Championship 2012.
8 Members of the Devon Racqueteers entered the Herts tournament.
Although no golds were won our players reached 3 finals winning 5 silver medals and 5 bronze. David Follett and Rowan Crossman were beaten by the tournaments 2 strongest players but still managed to give them a good game in the men’s doubles final. Donna Crook and Katherine Last also came away with silver in the ladies doubles final and David Follett was our other silver medal winner in the men’s singles class 2 final. There was bronze for Rowan Crossman and Hans MacDaniel in the men’s class 3 singles, Rowan Crossman and Katherine Last in the mixed and Katherine Last in the ladies singles. The longest game of the day was in the first match where our Club Captain Phil Day lost 29 – 30.
All our players. Coaches and supporters agreed the tournament was the best organised one we have been to. The Queens school had ample free parking. The sports hall was accessible and well lit and with 6 courts in constant use it enabled the event to be completed in one day. There were official scorers for every game and all games were the best of three with extended play. The idea of presenting bronze medals will only encourage more players to enter and Esther Dilly laid on a wonderful buffet for
players and supporters.
The Tournament referee Ian Moody was brilliant – He was approachable and flexible unlike some we have come across. He made a point of circulating and talking to everyone. He understands the player’s disabilities and it is good to know he will referee the English leg of the 4 Nations. It was down to him and tournament secretary Malcolm Fraser that the event ran so smoothly
We can’t wait for the next tournament in October
WELL DONE HERTS
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