Uphill juniors take part in end-of-season tournament

PUBLISHED: 14:14 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 21 April 2017

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club.


Uphill Badminton Club held their end-of-season tournament, with more than 70 children taking part.

Uphill Junior Badminton Club held their keenly-contested end-of-season tournament with more than 70 children from four to 18 years participating.

Ian Gorham, who is the Avon Junior Badminton Association chairman, founder and chief executive of the NBL Bristol Jets franchise and a keen supporter of both local and senior badminton, made the presentations on behalf of the Howards Motor Group, who sponsored the trophies for this celebration for the 17th consecutive season.

The club’s junior section is organised and run by Mark and Paul Edwards, with help from other coaches and older juniors members to make it all work so well.

The junior is club one of the largest in the South West, with more than 80 children being coached this season by four qualified coaches and two qualified leaders.

This season, Tom Miller, Harry Gardner, Jack Rickwood, Archit Singhal, Dong Hao, Lewis Gilbert, Zion Chen Marcus Pan and Vincent Tseung have all been involved in the Avon or Somerset County junior teams and squads.

All of this junior development is only made possible by the dedication of the coaches, leaders and older junior helpers who give their considerable time and voluntary help.

Ian Gorham made the following presentations to the children -group winners and runners-up trophies for singles were presented to – winners: Connor, Xu-yi Lin, Oscar Wei Lun Mun, Riley Badman, Emily Aldridge, Hannah Rimmer, Zion Chen, Elliot Millard, Heather Russell, Alana Burstow, Dong Hao, Ben Moore,

Runners-up: Aidan Lammas, Emma Goodhew, Alice Mu, Ivan Wei Kin Mun, Meggie Lee, Roman Wood, Aidan Chacko, Poppy Hooper, Jas Watts, Marcus Pan, Jack Smith, Anna Bickell, Lucy Robinson, Jack Rickwood, Aniraj Sapra

Group winners and runners-up trophies for doubles were presented to - winners: Aidan Chacko & Yi-Tian Lin, Oscar Wei Lum Mun & Amelia Hancocks, Poppy Hooper & Hannah Rimmer, Marcus Pan & Vincent Tseung, Lewis Conroy & Olivia Farler, Zion Chen & Erin Pullen, Heather Russell & Sophie Gardner, Harry Gardner & Aniraj Sapra, Dong Hao & Lucy Loud, Emily Aldridge & Archit Singhal.

Runners-up: Riley Badman & Meggis Lee, Phoebe Lee & Emma Goodhew, Daisy Hooper & Olivia Farler, Charlie Marsh & Lewis Conroy, Tily Ede & Charlie Marsh, Tom Hooper & Eleanor Russell, Lucy Loud & Alice Morgab, Rhys Davies & Archit Singhal, Tom Miller & Heather Russell, Aniraj Sapra & Sophie Gardner

The Avon Junior League trophies were also awarded to Uphill for winning the Under-16 and 18 categories this season. The club also had teams in the Under-14 12 leagues as well as competing in several Under-10 friendly matches this season, giving many players the chance of competitive play against other clubs.

Certificates for 100 per cent attendance were presented to: Emma Goodhew Yin Feng Lin, Yi-Tian Lin and Xu-Yi Lin

Most improved girl player (Under-10): Riley Badman and Chelsea Hancocks; boy: Aidan Chacko. Roy Curry Cup for the most improved boy player under-13: Shuo Shuo Jin; girl: Erin Pullen. The Caroline Shield for the most improved girl player in club all ages: Anna Bickell. The Brown Shield for the most improved boy player in club all ages: Rhys Davies. The Poole Cup for the sports person of the year: Tom Miller.

At the end of the presentation, thanks were given to, Tracey Hooper, Clive Wood, Rob Morray, Helen Woodfin, Glyn Davis, Mary Palmer,, Billy Fear, Tom Miller, Rhys Davies, Harry Gardner, Ben Moore and Aniraj Sapra for their help and coaching throughout the season.

The children and parents presented Mark and Paul Edwards with a card and gifts, in recognition of all their hard work throughout the season.

Uphill had three players taking part in the Wellington Under-12, 14 and 16 tournament.

In the Under-16s, Hao Dong swept all aside to win the boy’s singles. Dong paired up with Zion Chen to take runners-up spot in the doubles.

In the Under-14s a tight three-way battle took place between Zion and his two Chew rivals. Zion narrowly missed out coming runner-up. Zion and Vincent paired up in the doubles and came third.

In the Under-12s, Vincent played in the singles and despite a good fight, did not make the final on this occasion.

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