National Schools Badminton Championships Boys

21 April, 2024

Reading School and Wilson’s School soared to gold in the boys’ competition at the National Schools Championships.

Reading triumphed in the Key Stage 4 age group as Wilson’s took the spoils in Key Stage 3 to tie up a brilliant weekend at the National Badminton Centre, including a signed shirt session from Badminton England’s Annie Lado.

In the Key Stage 4 round robin, Reading eased past Loughborough Grammar School 5-0 before an edgy contest with Wilson’s School saw them narrowly win 3-2.

The quartet of James Song, Sahil Cherukuru, Neerav Soni and Nived Neelakandan then stormed to a 4-1 victory over King Edward VI Five Ways School in their final group match to put them top of the Group A standings.

Heckmondwike Grammar School topped Key Stage 4 Group B with three wins from three.

In the semi-final match-up against Bedford School, the eventual bronze medallists, Reading once again took the spoils with a 5-0 win to set up their final bout and a rematch against Wilson’s for the title.

National Schools Badminton Championships

National Schools Badminton Championships

Wilson’s had similarly cruised through their semi-final, beating Heckmondwike 5-0.

The final saw Reading come away with a 4-1 win, their only loss coming to Aarush Chennadi and Nishil Modem in a tight 21-19 defeat.

Wilson’s Key Stage 3 saw a similar tale play out, with a dominating performance in the group stages securing back-to-back 5-0 victories over Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, King Ecgbert and Pate’s Grammar School.

With a squad of five players, Wilson’s were spoilt for choice in their team selection, with every athlete called into action.

An emphatic win in the semi-final against eventual bronze medallists Reading School saw just Kai Tian Yiu fall to defeat in a 21-11 singles loss to Akhil Gibi.

But wins for Abhay Gollapalle, Vincent Yuan, Aayush Reddy sealed the deal and sent the team through to the final.

There they faced undefeated Group B winners King Edward’s School Birmingham but soared to a decisive 4-1 victory to take the title.

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