Teenagers Alex Mitchell and Kerry Leaney impressed playing forEngland at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in Sheffield.
The pair beat the Irish National Mixed Doubles Champions to reach the quarter finals, but narrowly missed out on picking up a medal after being pitted against the eventual winners from Scotland.
Alex and Kerry know each-other well, having competed together in the International Badminton Youth finals earlier in the year.
Not to be deterred, they went on to play in the girls and boys doubles. Alex partnered with George Priestman and Kerry with Kirby Ngan.
Both pairs played excellent badminton and proved their technical and physical skills were hard to beat.
Alex and George beat the Irish National Level Doubles Champions and Kerry and Kirby were hot on their heels, knocking out a Welsh and an Irish pair to both book places in their respective semi finals.
England came away with the silver medal in the team event with the Scottish team, older and slightly more experienced, proving a little too strong.
The young athletes returned with a silver and bronze medal each and Alex described the competition as “the best experience of my badminton career so far.”
More than 1,600 elite young athletes competed across 12 sports at the Sainsbury’s School Games last weekend and it was announced at the Closing Ceremony that next year’s event will be staged in Manchester for the first time.