EBAD Stand 2014
The EBAD Stand at the YAEC 2014 was present on the concourse for its 2nd year. Last year EBAD's debut was special. Many visitors came to ask questions about Para-Badminton, ask queries for disabled persons they know and to try out the wheelchair and how players moved in the wheelchair. Last year also saw Rajiv Ouseph and Nathan Robertson autograph signings. Nathan who is now EBAD Patron.
This year EBAD was again privileged to have immense interest from visitors. With the addition of a bigger mini court spectators could try out how to move a sports wheelchair whilst hitting a shuttle within the court area. The first three days of the Championships saw school trips. A busy time for EBAD as the wheelchairs proved very popular. Some of school children had said they spent more time at the EBAD Stand then in the arena. EBAD had also 2 monitors on display showing tournament videos from the World Champs 2013, other internationals, nationals and local tournaments. Spectators also had fun wearing some of the players' medals on show.
On Saturday 8th March, some of England's top Para-Badminton players, including World no. 1 SS6 players Andrew Martin and Rachel Choong put on an exhibition on the arena courts. It sturred up great interest and many came to the Stand afterwards to see the players.
On Sunday EBAD had the honour of Patron Nathan Robertson autograph signing again. Nathan drew huge crowds and made the day extra special and exciting for spectators.
EBAD would like to thank everyone for visiting the Stand and hopes you had a great week at the YAEC 2014.
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England come home with a record 11 medals. Rachel Choong retained her status by claiming 2 gold medals in Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles with England team-mate Andrew Martin. Andrew also won the Short Sture Mens Doubles with England team-mate Ollie Clarke. Krysten Coombes and Jack Shephard won silver in a gripping tournament.
In the Standing SL4 class, Antony Forster won bronze Mens Doubles with german partner Jans-Nikolas Pott.
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England contingent have great success after coming home with 16 gold and 15 silver medals from Cardiff this month. England featured in all finals categories showing grit and determination. With the World Championships in November, just around the corner, players are preparing hard. TeamEngland coach Richard Morris was present to guide players to each individual success.
TeamEngland players will be going to the next training camp on 19th-20th October at Bath University Campus and will have a last competitive play at the Hatfield Tournament on Saturday 26th October 2013 (Wheelchair and Standing).
Classification Regulations - Minimal Impairment Criteria for Short Stature – SS 6 Sport Class
Please note the wording changing related to minimum age for Sport Class - SS 6 players. The previous wording was that “players must be greater than 18 years of age”
The new wording allows players 13 years and older to compete as long as they meet the required conditions:
“Player must be older than 13 years of age. If the player is younger than 18, s/he must prove their chromosomal disorder diagnosis related to short stature. The player must meet the same criteria below and classification measurements will be completed at each competition until the age of 18”.
This is really good news and is something we've been pressing to happen for some time.
Please be advised that the 1st Thai Para-Badminton International, due to be held 17 – 21 September, has been cancelled. The organisers have not been able to secure a sponsor for the event.
The Robin Hood Tournament organised by the Nottinghamshire Wheelchair Blazers Badminton Club and Andy Zadora from Sport-on-wheels was completed with great successes with new and up and coming players collecting medals. The wheelchair category saw Fiona Kelly collecting 3 medals in her 2nd tournament, a great achievement. Suzi French also picked up her first medal in a tournament. Paula Robinson, Owen Kilburn, Martin Rooke and Connor Dua-Harper amongst others also clinched medals in the wheelchair category.
Daniel Bethell SL3 won Gold easing through the group stages and eventually winning the Final against England team mate Daniel Lee. Bobby Griffin SL4 clinching 2 Golds in Singles and Doubles after losing to England Team mate Antony Forster in the group stages.
EBAD was also present on the day to help promote and continue the development of Para-Badminton.
E.B.A.D. encourages and is always happy to receive any news, information or activities to do with Disability Badminton.