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Silver medals for the badminton youngsters

Pictured are the team after receiving their silver medals from former world champion Gail Emms.
Pictured are the team after receiving their silver medals from former world champion Gail Emms.

The first season of the National Junior Badminton league drew to an end as 20 teams representing 17 divisions from across the country competed in front of a packed audience at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday and Sunday.

Representing the local Kestevens Superzone League were students from Priory Ruskin Academy, The Kings School and Carres Grammar School.

The U16 group stage saw Kestevens Superzone team winning four out of five matches to reach the final.

The Kestevens Superzone team, all from Priory Ruskin Academy were, Marco Agapito, Rohit Banda, Alec Stewart, Kim- Leanne Green, Courtney Sharples and Millie Hardman.

In an exciting final Kestevens Superzone met the unbeaten Swifts badminton club from Surrey.

Despite sterling efforts, Swifts secured a 4-1 win and the team had to settle for the silver medal.

Alan Gunter, the director of sport at Priory Ruskin Academy, commented: “It has been an unbelievable weekend for the players.

“We had hopes of playing well, but to win a silver medal in the national finals is a fantastic achievement.”

Representing Kestevens Superzone in the under 14s the students from The Kings School and Priory Ruskin Academy had little luck in their group in, losing two of their matches 3-2, to eventually finish in eighth place.

In the under 12s, students from Carres Grammar School and Priory Ruskin Academy gave their all against strong opposition to finish in sixth place.


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