BADMINTON: Grantham girls collect national awards

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Two girls from Grantham were amongst the winners at the National Badminton Awards ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham on Friday.

Seventeen-year-old Laura Graves won the Young Coach of the Year (19 years or under) award.

She qualified as a Level One coach in May last year and has made a tremendous difference as a volunteer coach in and around Grantham and for the sports charity Inspire+.

She delivers weekly badminton sessions at her school, KGGS, and is the appointed student badminton officer at the school.

Laura runs BISI festivals for primary schoolchildren and coaches at South Kesteven Badminton Academy. She also coaches badminton at junior holiday camps and helps organise a weekly pay and play adult session.

Young Volunteer of the Year went to Tracey Lamb.

A lead presenter and joint organiser of the East Midlands Young Leaders Camp, now in its third year, Tracey organised a training session for 250 young ambassadors and delivered a presentation to Lord Coe on the Inspire+ student leadership programme.

Her participation and enthusiasm as part of the Youth Sport Trust Ambassador National Steering Group has also displayed her strengths as part of a team and supporter for others.

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said “It is a fantastic achievement for two young people from South Kesteven to win both of these national awards.”

Laura Graves (left) is pictured with Tracey Lamb and Badminton England player of the year Chris Adcock.