More Joy for Jasmine

Posted by Carissa Turner at 05:03 on 15 March 2017

Jasmine Owen has hit the ground running in 2017 and is continuing to go from strength to strength!


First up in 2017 was representing Wales at the U15 Celtic Challenge during February in Edinburgh.

Jasmine played well under Welsh Junior Coach, Nicolas Strange and contributed to the team winning Silver at this prestigious team event.


More training was to follow at the South West Regional Academy under the coaching of Huw John and Matthew Hughes. This was in preparation for a double header up in Leigh at the Lancashire U15 Silver & Bronze events.

First up on Saturday was the Silver singles event where Jasmine started against Lily Higgins in a tough match. The first 2 sets went either way 16-14 & 15-13. Jasmine upped the intensity in set 3 running away to a 15-5 win and taking the match.

The next game against No.1 seed Kirtti Sathyanathan also went to 3 sets with Jasmine holding her nerve to come out on top 15-9, 11-15 & 15-13.

With these first 2 matches under her belt Jasmine went on to win the next 2 with ease before beating Jersey’s Grace Rentsch to claim Gold 17-15 & 15-13 in a tense and skilful final.


Jasmine, only playing singles this weekend was now ready for Sundays U15 Bronze. Jasmine beat all four opponents in her group with relative calm, including the No.2 seed Katie Forbes 21-9.

The semi-final was a different matter as Macy Bechemin the U15 Jersey Open champion and 3 / 4 seed opened up an early lead going on to beat Jasmine 21-15.


All in all a successful Lancashire raid winning 9 matches and losing 1 to end up with a Gold and Bronze medal.


The next weekend was Jasmines 13th birthday before going on to playing in 3 events at the Herefordshire U15 Bronze event on Saturday 11th March.

Jasmine teamed up with fellow West Walian, Daniel Clarke in the mixed doubles. The pair gelled quickly and being seeded 3 / 4 won each group match as expected. This gave them a tough Semi-final against 2nd seeds Jacob Marron and Evie Pike but they prevailed 21-16 before being outplayed in the final by the 1st seeds Joe Howells and Grace Sherwin 21-17. Still a very well deserved silver medal.

In the singles Jasmine dominated her group 21-3, 21-7, though ¾ seed Megan Tweed gave her a scare in a close set 21-18.

Jasmine then went on to win Gold beating 1st seed Evie Pike 21-9 in the semi-final and 2nd seed Grace Sherwin 21-14 in the final.

Jasmine teamed up with North Walian Jessica Ding for the girl’s doubles failing to make it through the group having lost to 1st seeds and eventual Gold medallists Evie Pike and Grace Sherwin 21-18.


All in all two successful weekend events either side of her birthday for Jasmine with 2 golds, 1 silver and a bronze from 5 events.


Next up for Jasmine is the Welsh Junior Nationals U15 Singles, Doubles and Mixed on Saturday 18th March.