October 27th, 2016

Warwickshire stars shine at national singles event

Warwickshire stars shine at national singles event Warwickshire stars shine at national singles event

GREAT Britain pair Chris and Gabby Adcock may be making all of the badminton headlines following their World Series title win in Dubai, but closer to home Warwickshire’s youngster were the main attraction in the county restricted singles event in Warwick.

Another strong entry saw 85 aspiring young badminton players take to the courts at St Nicholas Park leisure centre during Saturday’s all day event.

And it was a team of Alveston juniors who upheld local honour and came away with three golds medals, a silver and four bronze medals.

Thomas Weaver improved on his Under-11 bronze title earlier in the year when he lost to Birmingham’s Zafer Ahmed by finishing runner-up this time around.

Across the hall, team mate Venus Aun was collecting bronze in the Under-10 girls event in what was her first tournament. She came agonisingly close to winning silver having lost one of her matches by a slender 21-20 margin.

The Under-12s girls event proved to be a tight affair too with Amy Dunnakey finishing equal on wins with Kingsley School’s Louisa Hudson with Amy getting the verdict due to their head to head in the group stage.

The first gold of the day came when Ollie Wear overcame a patchy start to beat Leamington’s Luka Stanley 21-12 in the Under-12 boys final.

Elsewhere, in the Under-14 events, Alveston had to be content with a bronze in each category. Faith Christopherson went out 21-16 in the girls semi-final to eventual winner Esha Tumber from Coventry Racqueteers, while Noah Smithson also lost at the semi-final stage to Rugby’s Daniel Burgess.

The day finished in style as Alveston took gold in both the boys and girls Under-16 events.

Thomas Smith beat Rugby’s Alex Zhou 21-13 in the final having come through the group stages unbeaten and in the girls category, Tabitha Sinclair also went through the day unbeaten to wrap