2015 All News
Top badminton moments of 2015
Badminton England toasts the best moments of the year, starting and ending in triumph for our senior internationals, while the younger squad members also came to the fore.
JANUARY - OUSEPH ON SONG
We started the year with a bang as top seed Rajiv Ouseph won his first title since 2013 when he lifted the Swedish Masters to get England's elite campaign under way in fine style
FEBRUARY - GABBY'S DELIGHT
England fell short of gold against superior Denmark at the European Mixed Team Championships in Leuven, Belgium as they won their sixth silver medal since 1988. Despite the disappointment, head coach Jakob Hoi called their runners-up finish an "accomplishment".
Soon after, Gabby Adcock said that she would aim for Anthony Clark’s record of 12 English National Championship titles after lifting her eighth with husband Chris at the K2, Crawley.
MARCH - SO CLOSE IN BIRMINGHAM
The Adcocks, as well as Ouseph, put the boisterous home support at the Barclaycard Arena on the edge of their seats as they made the quarter-finals of the YONEX All England Championships. England's bid ended on the Friday night, but both had put up valiant fights in their bid to reach finals' weekend at the refurbished venue in Birmingham.
APRIL - MONTH TO REMEMBER
On a brilliant night in London, Badminton England was named National Governing Body of the Year 2015 at the BT Sport Industry Awards. Meanwhile, Ben Lane and Sean Vendy, below left, claimed a fantastic silver medal at the 2015 European Junior Championships. Their great efforts followed a team silver medal for England earlier in the week out in Poland.
MAY - CROWNING GLORY
Upton-by-Chester High School and Trentham High School were crowned 2015 KS4 champions after a dramatic final round of matches in the Center Parcs National Schools Championships.
JUNE - DERBY DELIGHT
Team Derby, marshaled by coach Donna Kellogg, captured the inaugural National Badminton League (NBL) title, led by captain Ouseph’s brilliant singles win to deny Loughborough Sport in the first ever Championship final of the innovative, shortened-format league tournament.
AUGUST - JOY IN JAKARTA
Who could forget this men's doubles run? Amid a bout of illness affecting a majority of England's strong squad at the BWF World Championships in Indonesia, Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis produced a stellar run to reach the quarter-finals. Here, Chris reflects on a fine week, while head coach Jakob Hoi assessed the event.
The latest report from the Taking Part survey was released, showing an increase in badminton participation amongst 11-15 year-olds, despite an overall drop across all sports in the last year.
SEPTEMBER - RACHEL RECEIVES RAPTURES
Rachel Choong - who else? - looks back after her superb performances at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, where she won three gold medals at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Stoke Mandeville.
OCTOBER - POWERFUL PARSONS
National men's singles champ Sam Parsons won his first senior international title. He did so in style as he saved six match points on the way to a successful week at the Hatzor International in Israel.
NOVEMBER - LIMA LEARNING CURVES
Rising mixed doubles' duo Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh's run at the BWF World Junior Championships ended at the quarter-final stages in Peru, as England's next generation came up against the world's best juniors.
Meanwhile, Christopher Coles and Victoria Williams completed a number of barely believable firsts as they lifted the 40th Hungarian International title. And Matthew Nottingham and Emily Westwood ousted top seeds to secure their first senior international mixed doubles title together.
DECEMBER - A WEEK TO REMEMBER
Still fresh in the memory, but a win that will be remembered for a good few years yet as the mixed doubles stars powered to the World Superseries Finals title to secure a career-high win on the world tour.
December also saw doubles' specialist Andy Ellis announce his retirement from badminton, while Heather Olver and Lauren Smith swooped to their first women's doubles title in seven months.
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