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Driving to be Champions

Driving to be Champions

The 4 Nations Parabadminton Series (13th-15th May 2011) is expected to attract around 120 of the best parabadminton players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to compete at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury (Bucks), the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the spiritual home of disability sport.

This year’s championships, the national parabadminton tournament at Stoke Mandeville, will hold particular significance for Denny Vettom. Denny is a member of Phoenix Badminton Club, a BADMINTON England Inclusive Club which plays at Stoke Mandeville, and is desperate to take home a Gold medal on his home court.

Vettom, (33), was inspired to take up badminton after a visit to the 4 Nations English Championships in Liverpool in 2009, and has competed in competitions across the UK and Ireland ever since.  Always sporty, Denny has used a wheelchair since sustaining a spinal injury in a mountain biking accident. Badminton is now his main sporting passion. “Badminton keeps me fit and active, and most of all I enjoy being able to play and socialise with both disabled and non-disabled players at Phoenix Badminton Club.”

Currently training three times a week, Denny is focussed on securing his first ever Men’s Singles Gold after winning the Mixed Doubles with partner Morag Johnson (SCO) at the 4 Nations Scottish Championships in February.

Phoenix Badminton Club now has seven wheelchair badminton players amongst their ranks and Vettom says that the friendly competition amongst the squad is pushing them to improve all the time, “Scotland was a really exciting tournament, especially for Phoenix Badminton Club taking home four medals. I’m really looking forward to the English Leg of the 4 Nations which is coming to Aylesbury in May and hoping to take home a few more medals for Phoenix.” He said.

Danny VettomThe 4 Nations Parabadminton Series 2011 English Championships has categories for wheelchair badminton players, standing disabled players, dwarf players and learning disabled players.

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For more information on the tournament, or badminton for disabled badminton players, contact Tom Webster, Disability Manager on email: tomwebster@badmintonengland.co.uk