Success at the 4 Nations
The Welsh leg of the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships took place this weekend at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff. An impressive total of 90 participants took part across the 4 categories; Learning Disabilities, Standing, Wheelchair and Short Stature. Our biggest entry yet! The LD competitors were the first to take to the courts at 6pm on Friday 21st August, whilst the remaining players began at 9am the following morning. The championships continued throughout the weekend, with the final match being completed at 4pm on Sunday 23rd August. It was an exciting and intense weekend of badminton for all involved – players and supporters alike!
Learning Disability Results:
The LD event saw winners from all 4 countries involved. Grant Hunter of Scotland won the LD Class 1 men’s singles in a tense final against fellow countryman, Kevin Dobson. Whilst the ladies event saw Hazel Johnson of England take the gold medal. Grant Hunter achieved his second gold medal of the day with a convincing win in the men’s doubles with his partner, James Pert.
Our own Stephen Davies of Wales had a successful weekend winning two gold medals in the Class 2 men’s singles, and doubles with partner James Savoury. The ladies singles event was cancelled, however Jenny Gray and Claire O’Neill came away with the ladies doubles gold, whilst Jon Seal and Dee Weiner (England) took the mixed title.
James Wyatt of England proved unbeatable in the singles of the LD Class 3 event, beating Special Olympics Champion Lloyd Crawley in the group stage to come out on top. Joseph McLaughlin and Stephen Van Beek took the men’s doubles title, whilst Jenny Gray won her second gold medal in the ladies singles and her third in the mixed doubles with young partner Michael McCraw. The English pairing of Daniella Smith and Vicky Iles won the women’s doubles in this class.
The final LD results are from the Class 4 event, with previous medal winners Stephen Van Beek and Daniella Smith gaining further titles in the men’s and ladies singles.
Photo above: Stephen Davies and James Savoury. (Men's doubles winners)
The SL3 event saw Dan Bethell retaining his singles title for a third year running, with an impressive succession of wins throughout the tournament. James Binnie took the SL4&5 singles in a tense final against fellow Englishman Bobby Griffin. The combined doubles final saw all 3 players competing again, with Wales’ own Jack Wilson as the 4th. This was the final match of the competition, with James Binnie and Jack Wilson coming up trumps in the end with a 21-19, 21-10 win.
The English side had a successful weekend of badminton, with 3 gold medals overall. Connor Dua-Harper won the WH1 singles, and combined doubles with partner David Follett. Martin Rooke took the WH2 title comfortably with successive wins throughout the competition, whilst Fiona Christie’s injury resulted in the women’s event being unable to take place.
Short Stature Results:
The Dwarf event was an exciting affair, with some extremely close and intense games throughout the weekend. Krysten Coombs was the eventual winner of the men’s singles in a thrilling 3 setter against England’s Andrew Martin, whilst Rachel Choong comfortably took the ladies title. Both players continued to succeed in the other events across the competition, with Coombs taking the doubles title with Jack Shephard, and Choong the mixed with partner Andrew Martin.
Full set of the results can be found here
For any more information regarding the Welsh 4 Nations event, please contact Lucie Gwilt