On 30th June 2013 Hemi Help invited Daniel Bethell and Daniel Lee to their Sports/Activities Day to help young people with hemiplegia try out some sports.
Para-Badminton was a big hit on the day with lots of disabled youngsters trying out badminton. They played with Daniel Bethell and Daniel Lee for a few sessions of badminton after the England Team mates put on a small demonstraton one on one.
English Contingent at the English 4 Nations at Redbridge Sports Centre, the official training venue for Badminton for the London Olympics 2012; 12 court sports hall, went home with 15 golds and 15 silvers. The Standing category saw new faces and new pairings: with Antony Forster and James Binnie claiming gold in an intense final. Forster fought hard for another gold in Singles but was just pipped at the post by Bobby Griffin in a 3 game thriller. Wheelchair category saw Martin Rooke at the top of the ladder and Paula Robinson also taking home the gold. Short Stature category saw Andrew Martin with 2 golds as Rachel Choong was not present at the 4 Nations. Krysten Coombs and Lucy Wilkonson took home gold in Mixed Doubles. TeamEngland Para-Badminton Squad coach Richard Morris was present to watch all the action.
After last year's successful Para - Badminton Demonstration at the Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club TeamEngland Para - Badminton players have been kindly invited to the club again to put on a demonstration where the club's players will be joining in play.
Standing, Wheelchair and Short Stature categories.
The Demo Day was again a huge success with Standing Players having a match with the Wimbledon top flight Juniors. Wheelchair category saw 2 of Wimbledon's men take a seat in the wheelchair and take on Martin and Gobi. Short stature took part with other disabled players from the Wimbledon Club.
The TeamEngland Para-Badminton Squad were proud to wear shirts for the Anders Foundation and who the Wimbledon Club work with closely and as Para-Badminton we will support the Foundation further. The players would like to thank Lorraine Brydie and Heather Nielson for another spectacularly well organised evening.
EBAD would like to personally thank many members who helped towards the success of its first year on the concourse, some key members were:
Joe Ouseph and family
TeamEngland Para - Badminton Squad
Special appearance autograph signings from:
The week of the All England Championships 2013 was a special event for EBAD. On the concourse in its first year EBAD experienced exceptional support and response from all around. EBAD would like to welcome those people who we reached out to; people wanting to get to know more about Para-Badminton and also those interested in helping other disabled people through badminton. Also EBAD was there to enlighten people about the sport and promote the sport to those new to Para-Badminton.
There were also many big names there that EBAD were privileged to meet; meeting many members of Yonex, the BWF family and BadmintonEurope was particularly unforgetable and EBAD hopes to work closely with them. EBAD would also like to specially thank Rajiv Ouseph and Nathan Robertson for their time in the autograph session.
The Wheelchair Demonstration area was a big success. With members of the public eager to try the wheelchair and loving the experience. Indeed, EBAD had many repeat users of the wheelchair as people wanted to stay on them all day. Many thanks to Martin Rooke, Paula Robinson and Gobi Ranganathan who helped with tutorials and demonstrations on the wheelchair space.
The TeamEngland Para - Badminton Squad were also present at the EBAD Stand having demonstrated on courts on Thursday 7th March for the squad's second year.
EBAD met many contacts during the course of the week. Individuals who put their contact details down will be added to EBAD'semailing list soon and will receive all updates/news that is happening in Para-Badminton. We met many individuals with specific queries and we endeavour to get back to you soon. Please email EBAD if you have a particularly query and we can look into it further.
A huge weekend in Scotland saw many exciting results. Andrew Martin was elated, winning a tense 3 set match against Naill McVeigh of Ireland, a moment to remember. Rachel Choong dominant as ever in the Ladies SS6 category. Dan Bethell won his first Gold medal in Singles SL3 with a confident display on Sunday having come from a loss to friend and England colleague Daniel Lee in the group stages on Saturday. Both managing to put out No.1 seed Alan Oliver in one of the toughest group stages set. Bobby Griffin and Steve Moodie were overjoyed winning their first Gold medal in Standing Doubles over a 3 year wait having to settle for the runners-up position in previous competitions.
EBAD was on hand in Scotland introducing our new EBAD promotional banners that looked to be received in good praise by players and viewers alike. EBAD was also there with player interviews which was a hit with players.
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