BADMINTON: Under 15s

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Tournament in memory of Mark Gallagher

Young badminton players travelled from all around the country to compete in the Mark Gallagher under 15 Mixed Doubles Challenge badminton tournament, which was run for the first time on Sunday June 9 at St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Warwick.

The tournament was held in honour of Mark Gallagher, a committed Warwickshire junior badminton coach, who tragically died in a road accident in 2011.

As a Badminton England Coach, Mark devoted his time over many years to supporting junior badminton at Warwickshire county level, as well as locally in the Rugby area.

The tournament proved a fitting tribute to all Mark’s work, and he certainly would have been delighted with the turnout and appreciative of the level of competitive play, as the under 15 mixed pairs battled it out to receive the honours.

Some fiercely fought rallies and high quality badminton saw Kerry Anne Leaney and Alex Mitchell of Buckinghamshire take the gold medal in the A draw, beating Kirby Ngan(Avon) and Adam Lam(Bucks) 15-8, 15-6 .

In the B competition, Benjamin Jackson and Teresa Kieu of Lancashire held off local Warwickshire pair Natasha Killian and Nathan James in a closely fought final (15-10, 15-11).

Well done to the organisers and players alike, who ensured that a day of quality badminton was enjoyed by everyone, and to Central Sports in Coventry, Steve Clayton of Inbadminton(FZ Forza) and Warwick Sports who donated additional prizes.

Pictured are the winning players having just received their medals from Mark’s wife Sue Gallagher (centre, front).