The 4 Nations Parabadminton Series 2011 English Championships are being held this week from 13-15 May. English contenders have spent months in preparation for the biggest parabadmitnon event of the year. Despite their rigorous preparation, some players took time out to display their talents and give us a preview of what we can expect to see.
Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club in South-West London hosted their annual club championships finals on Saturday 16 April. As a newly accredited Club Future and Inclusive Club, Wimbledon Rackets members enjoyed some parabadminton demonstration matches, before joining the players for Mens, Womens and Mixed Doubles games, and experiencing for themselves their skill and athleticism. The parabadminton players involved included World Number One Dwarf Men’s Double Pair Andy Martin and Ollie Clarke (Kent), 4 Nations Standing Men’s Doubles Championships champions Dan Lee and Bruno Forbes (Middx) and 4 Nations Wheelchair Mixed Doubles champion Denny Vettom (Bucks).
Inclusive Club coach Lorraine Brydie was delighted with the response from club members, saying “Everyone was astounded at the high level of skill and athleticism displayed. Andy and Ollie gave a singles demonstration and were followed by two juniors - super fun to watch!
The event was about raising awareness by demonstrating how easy disability players could be integrated into the club. The myth is that a non-disabled player would have to adapt their game in order to play with disabled athletes, but the event illustrated how this is not the case at all.”
Lorraine is now looking forward to running a series of open taster sessions over the summer for all ages and disabilities to give new players a chance to catch the badminton bug, as well as welcoming disabled players into the wider club membership.
All the parabadminton players involved in the demonstration will be favourites to scoop gold medals at Stoke Mandeville this week.
The 4 Nations Parabadminton Series 2011 English Championships are being held this week from 13-15 May and spectators are welcome to come and experience the action.
4 Nations Disability badminton Championships 13-15 May 2011
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
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