Medals for Welsh stars in English 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships

Posted by Lucie Gwilt at 12:06 on 21 June 2016

The weekend of the 18th / 19th June 2016 saw over 80 players competing in the English Leg of the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships, across 4 different categories: Wheelchair, Standing, Short Stature and LD. The competition was held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. As the name of the event suggests, the competition is open to all players from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

Wales' own Jack Wilson competed in the event in the SU5 category, whilst Lloyd Crawley competed in the LD category. Lloyd Crawley, who is the current Special Olympics World Champion in Men's Singles, had a fantastic run through to the Semi-finals in the event, winning 2 out of his 3 group matches. Unfortunately England's Gary Bailee proved too much on this occasion, and Crawley came up short 13-21. Later in the Doubles, Lloyd partnered up with Derek Tomkinson in the Men's, and Nikki Welch in the Mixed. Lloyd excelled in both events, reaching the Semi-final in the Mixed Doubles and gaining a Silver medal in the Men's. 

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Likewise, fellow Welsh player Jack Wilson was also on form. With a number of wins under his belt already this season, Jack proved confident in adding more medals to his collection. Wilson easily won his way through his group in the Men's Singles, overcoming England's Bobby Griffin with an impressive win of 21-10, 21-11. Wilson then progressed to the Semi-Finals where he came across his own Doubles partner, England's James Binnie. It was an extremely tight game with no room for error. In the end, Jack unfortunately could not seal the deal losing the match 20-22, 21-23.

The Men's Doubles event however ended quite differently. Wilson and Binnie progressed through the group stages after beating some very tough opponents, including the Men's Singles winner Anthony Forster, with his partner Alan Oliver 21-17, 16-21, 16-21. The Welsh/English pairing met England's Bobby Griffin and Daniel Bethell in the final (a pairing they had lost to in the group stage). Wilson and his partner however did not let this deter them, and beat the established English duo 21-15, 21-16 to get the Gold medal.

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After a very successful weekend for the young Welsh star, Jack will also be competing in the Irish leg of the 4 Nations Championships this weekend. More information on this event can be found here

Let's hope he can come back with another Gold!

(Photo 1 shows Lloyd Crawley. Photo 2 shows players: [Left to right] Bobby Griffin, Dan Bethell, James Binnie and Jack Wilson with their medals)