The Junior Season Kicks Off!
Here's what National Junior Coach, Donal O'Halloran, has to say about it:
With the season a few weeks old some of the Welsh players have begun as they mean to continue. Tournament all over Britain see a mass of Welsh Juniors tackling the events.
The Gloucester U17 Gold/Bronze saw the largest contingent of players with Adil Khan reaching the semi-final of the Gold Star but another notable performance was Arnav Patil, going down in an epic match against No 1 seed Blake Hoang 18-21 22-20 23-21. Dan Kite had a strong run through to the Quarters. Saffron Morris showed her huge potential with some outstanding singles performances including pushing the top seed. This followed up an earlier tournament win in the Dorset U14 Open
Harper Leigh, not content with challenging on these shores, travelled to Dublin to play the Irish U15 and had a great event, reaching 1 final in the singles and 2 semi finals in the Doubles and Mixed.
Matthew Logan headed off to Milton Keynes for the U17 Bronze and won through to the Quarters. While Nabil Taufiqurrahman went one better and got to the semi finals in Gloucester U17 Bronze.
Will Vaughan was another Quarter finalist in the Oxfordshire U19 Bronze going down very narrowly to the top seed.
Moving on to some the senior events, some Welsh young athletes have again proven their worth.
Aimie Whiteman has continued her European U17 form and is showing why she is moving on from the Regional Academy by taking the Ladies Doubles Senior Bronze in Gloucester. She also teamed up with Senior International Scott Oates to narrowly lose out in the XD Final.
Lowri Hart won through to the semi-finals of the 37th Duchy Senior Silver where she lost to the eventual winner. No doubt she is looking at the success of her older sister Jordan whom produced a string of magnificent results to take the Polish International with victories over Hungarians, English, Indians and Danes.
The next Junior Wales selection event will be the U13 Celtic Challenge. With selection events in Deganwy, Gwent and Powys coming up, the next generation of Welsh player can take their first representative steps.
Well done to all these fine young Welsh athletes. Continue the great work!!!