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North West Special Olympics Badminton Team (NWSOB) SUCCESS!

Special Olympics

NWSOB was one of 12 sports representing the North West at the GB Special Olympic Summer Games in Sheffield last week. The team came away with the best ever results – 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.   

It was the first time at a national event for 4 of our players – Katie O’Neil, James Monk, Lewis Haywood (U16) and Ben Fairhurst (U16).

Several  new members were pitched against more experienced and older players, despite this Lewis won Gold in the M8 division Men’s Singles and Ben Fairhurst won the Bronze. They teamed up in the M4 division Men’s Doubles with a great result, gaining a Bronze.

Katie O’Neil and Catherine Carson won Gold in the F04 division Women’s Doubles despite injury and illness. Katie also went on to win Gold in the F02 division Ladies.  During the Mixed Doubles on the 3rd day, the Medics intervened and strapped up Katie, who returned to court after 30 minutes. Her partner Neil Brayford kindly retrieved all the grounded shuttles and the pair continued, wining an inspirational Bronze medal.

At the other end of the experience ladder, Emily Eyre & Hazel Johnson won their 3rd consecutive games Gold medals in the F01 Women’s Doubles. Hazel also went on to win her 2nd Gold medal in the F01 Women’s Singles. Robert Monk was only narrowly beaten in the final of the M04 Singles taking home a silver medal.

The 3 team coaches are so proud of everyone’s performance. It will be a real challenge to improve on these achievements.

We have 12 players in the squad (from Wigan, Bolton, Southport & St Helens) and would welcome new members from any area in the North West, with welcome arms.

For further information contact Jeff Johnson team coach for NWSOB and Bryn Badminton Club Wigan – or 01942711028