Welsh: England warmed up for next month’s BWF Para-Badminton World Championships with success at the Welsh leg of the 4 Nations Championships at the weekend in Cardiff.
There were 90 participants in all across four categories: Learning Disabilities, Standing, Wheelchair and Short Stature.
Highlights from an English perspective included three golds in the wheelchair events.
Connor Dua-Harper won the WH1 singles and combined doubles discipline, alongside David Follett. Martin Rooke was unbeaten as he came away victorious with the WH2 title.
In the Short Stature, Krysten Coombs beat compatriot Andrew Martin in a tight three-set affair. Rachel Choong won two titles in the women’s singles and mixed doubles.
“It was a great demonstration of skill and determination from Team England this weekend,” admitted Richard Morris, Head coach of England Para-Badminton.
“Some of the squad are really starting to hit some great form which is perfect as the World Championships are only three weeks away. There is a real buzz about the squad at the moment which is making everyone train and play at their best.”
England will be represented by 21 athletes at the World Championships, the majority of which are current members of the Team England squad, which will be held at Stoke Mandeville.
Welsh 4 Nations results
SS6 Mens Singles
Winner – Krysten Coombs
Runner Up – Andrew Martin
SS6 Womens Singles
Winner – Rachel Choong
Runner Up – Rebecca Bedford
Winner – Krysten Coombs + Jack Shephard
Runner Up – Andrew Martin + Isaac Dalgish
SS6 Mixed Doubles
Winner – Andrew Martin + Rachel Choong
Runner Up – Jack Shephard + Rebecca Bedford
SL3 Mens Singles
Winner – Daniel Bethell
SL4 + SU5 Mens Singles
Winner – James Binnie
Runner Up – Bobby Griffin
SL3 + SL4 + SU5 Mens Singles
Winner – James Binnie + Jack Wilson (Wales)
Runner Up – Bobby Griffin + Daniel Bethell
Winner – Connor Dua Harper
Runner Up – David Follett
Winner – Martin Rooke
Runner Up – Sharron Barnes
Winner – Connor Dua Harper + David Follett
Runner Up – Martin Rooke + Owen Kilburn