Sussex County Junior Badminton held its first Badminton England tournament for several years at the Dolphin Leisure Centre on Sunday 18th February, and it was an unqualified success.
The event was very well supported with over forty entries in the boys singles event and over twenty in the girls including seventeen players from Sussex. It was pretty much non-stop badminton from 9.00 in the morning until 5.00 in the afternoon.
There were many thrilling and hard-fought matches, some unexpected wins and some very close finishes, but throughout the youngsters showed great determination and sportsmanship and were a real credit to their parents and coaches.
Sussex players winning medals were Andrew Harrison from Horsham who took gold in both the boys singles and doubles, Henry Wong from Worthing who took bronze in the boys singles and Charlie Handel from Hassocks who also took bronze in the boys singles. Other boys who made significant progress in the singles event were Cameron Matthews from Heathfield who reached the quarter-finals and Leon Crayford from Horsham who won his box.
In the girls singles both Millie Gwynn and Paige Gwynn from Burgess Hill had two box wins a piece. The twins also gained two box wins when playing together in the girls doubles.
For some participants this was their first experience of tournament play, others are “old hands”, but for all it was an enjoyable and exciting day. One that will, hopefully, be repeated more often in the years to come.
Boys singles: Gold – Andrew Harrison, Sussex; Silver – Dominic Nabasa, Surrey; Bronze – Henry Wong, Sussex and Charlie Handel, Sussex.
Girls singles: Gold – Saatvika Mahesh, Berkshire; Silver – Geethika Allanku, Berkshire; Bronze – Ananya Rajesh and Sachita Guru, Buckinghamshire.
Boys doubles: Gold – Andrew Harrison, Sussex and Dominic Nabasa, Surrey; Silver – Hayden Mitchell and Felix Wright, Surrey; Bronze – Ryan Chen and Oliver Wu, Surrey.
Girls doubles: Gold – Saakshi Panda and Ananya Rajesh, Silver – Geethika Allanku and Saatvika Mahesh, Berkshire, Bronze – Niamh Rogers and Lucy Satterford, Kent and Hannah Sarshar and Annabel Sykes, Kent.
18 Feb 2018