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Year in Review 2017: Part two

The year is almost at an end - but what a 12 months it has been on and off the court.
 
From World Championship glory to European podiums, maiden titles to school success, 2017 has certainly had it all - with a big 2018 to come.
 
So, to remember all the best bits, we've put together the highlights of the year, with this second part covering April through to June.
 
 
April
 
April proved an historic month for England’s shuttlers as the European Championships rolled into Kolding, Denmark.
 
Not since 2008 had the St. George’s flag been raised highest on the continent but that all changed nine years later as Gabby and Chris Adcock and Raj Ouseph were crowned European champions in their respective disciplines.
 
Rajiv Ouseph European Championships
 
But that wasn't the end of England's podium appearances, with Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker winning women's doubles bronze.
 
 At junior level, Max Flynn and Callum Hemming won European boys’ doubles silver with David Jones winning bronze in the singles, while England also won bronze in the team event.  
May
 
With May seeing a break in the Superseries calendar, the focus was set on the National Schools Badminton Championships, with Arden Academy and Reading School successfully defending their Girls’ and Boys’ KS3 titles.
 
The KS4 Girls’ crown was won by The Westgate School, while the Boys’ title was also clinched by Reading School. 
May also saw a new national coaching team appointed, consisting of Peter Jeffrey, Julian Robertson, Graham Hurrell and Dave Lindley. 
 
June
 
The sixth month of the year saw England’s finest descend on Indonesia and Australia as the Superseries tour returned.
 
In Indonesia, both the Adcocks and Ouseph reached the quarter-finals of their respective disciplines, with the Adcocks also recording a last eight finish Down Under.
 
Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis
 
Elsewhere, Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis reached the semi-finals of the Thailand Open, with Smith and Walker doing the same at the Spanish International.