England’s young lions retained the U15 Home Nations Quadrangular team title and then added five individual golds from three all English finals at the newly opened Sports and Wellness Hub at University of Warwick.
Under the guidance of Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson, the young lions were a class above their near neighbours during a team event in which they dropped just 6 games from 56 to successfully defend the crown won last year.
They opened with a 9-0 win over Wales before backing up the whitewash with an 8-1 defeat of silver medallists Scotland and a 7-2 beating of Ireland. Seven young lions returned 100% win rates with Tashvi Parab (6/6), Leona Lee (5/5) and Ethan Hosken (5/5) particularly impressive.
Parab, netted the team event’s highest points haul of 252, closely pursued by Oliver Butler’s 249.
Butler was, however, to be the individual events big winner, taking home triple gold.
He claimed boys singles gold with a 14-21 21-19 21-19 win over Ireland’s Matthew Cheung and added the mixed doubles and boys doubles golds alongside Tashvi Parab and Ethan Hosken respectively.
Butler and Parab’s Mixed Doubles gold came from an all-English final against Michael Pang and Lucy Atkins.
Leona Lee took home girls singles gold from another all-english final; this time beating team mate Parab in the final. Lee was to enjoy double delight; adding the women’s doubles gold after pairing Lucy Atkins to a 21-13 21-19 win over Parab and Abigail Hong.