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Glasgow 2014: Small country, big heart - Norfolk Island

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Category: Badminton News Published: 25 July 2014
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 1154

Glasgow: Few days ago, Norfolk Island badminton star Richard Cribb said he came to Glasgow to just make a point or two; and he got what he wished for in the opening game against South Africa, literally.

The Norfolk Island Badminton Team hold the Queen's Baton in the badminton court in Norfolk Island on Sunday 22 December 2013.
The Norfolk Island Badminton Team hold the Queen's Baton in the badminton court in Norfolk Island on Sunday 22 December 2013.

The Norfolk Island Badminton Team hold the Queen's Baton in the badminton court in Norfolk Island on Sunday 22 December 2013.

On the day one of the mixed team event, South Africa swept Norfolk Island 5-0. Cribb of Norfolk Island went down to Jacob Maliekal of South Africa 3-21, 2-21 in 16 minutes in the men's singles match.


On Friday, Norfolk Island suffered yet another blow with 0-5 lost to Jamaica. This time, Richard Cribb was able to hang on for a little while by losing to Gareth Henry 7-21, 3-21 in 19 minutes.


However, we meant no insult nor to make Norfolk Island badminton team the laughing stock of the world. On the contrary, their actions and dedication to the sport of Badminton could serves as an inspiration to others.


The 43 year old Cribb only started playing badminton seriously four years ago, and they often struggles to get the right equipment. It took four months for him to get his new racket and shuttlecocks are things of great value for them.


“Whenever someone travels to Australia or New Zealand, we will ask them to buy the shuttlecocks for us. Then, we make sure that we use the shuttles until there is not a single feather left on them,” said Cribb.


“We draw the lines on the badminton court by using masking tape. It can be rather annoying because we have to peel off the masking tape whenever there is ballroom dancing or other functions. We lost about three weeks of training in the last two months because of various other activities,” added Cribb.


Despite two losses in preliminary round of the mixed team event, the Norfolk Island team has inspired many with their hard-work, and their ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries. BadmintonPlanet.com would like to thank them for their commitment to the sport of badminton and wish them best of luck in their future endeavor.

 

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