Badminton stars shine in national competition

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MEET the latest crop of the city’s youngsters to make their mark on the national badminton scene.

The nine talented Team Forza players were competing in the prestigious English National Junior Championships held over two weekends.

The event attracted hundreds of top players from up and down the country in pursuit of national glory, but it was the city-based team which stole the show by winning a total of 13 medals. And it could even had been more had some players not been forced to pull out.

Forza coach Ross Reid couldn’t hide his delight, saying: “I would like to thank our team of players and coaches for an exceptional amount of dedication and hard work that went into what is an outstanding achievement.

“Some of our best players were unwell and could not take part themselves, but their time will come next year.

“We’re delighted for all of the parents, players and coaches who have worked so tirelessly to make this season a big success.

“A special thanks goes out to the staff and management of David Lloyd Leisure in MK whose professionalism continues to help us produce the most talent junior players in English badminton.”

Congratulations go to - Harry Arksey (the U13 Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles champion).

Holly Garrett - (the U13 Girls Doubles champion and Mixed Doubles silver medallist).

Kerry Leaney - (the U13 Girls Doubles champion).

Alex Mitchell - (the U13 Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles silver medalist).

Amber Ngo - (the U13 Girls Doubles bronze medalist).

Molly Chapman - (the U11 GIrls Doubles national champion and Singles silver medalist).

Gauri Morjaria - (the U11 Girls Singles bronze medalist).

Sita Morjaria - (the U11 Girls Singles bronze medalists).

And Jed Arksey - (the U15 Boys Doubles bronze medalists).