With four of six team members young enough to play in next year’s competition, Truro School’s Under 16 Girls’ Badminton Team were delighted to be taking part in this year’s national finals; they did not expect to clinch silver.
Taking place at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, this weekend’s finals saw the regional champions from the nine regions across the country come together to compete for the top medal positions.
The girls qualified as South West regional champions back in early March.
Melissa Lin, Aabha Mate, Maddie Griffiths, Zoe Mitchell, Tung Wong and Sophie Clark represented Truro School’s Under 16 Team.
The group stage started with victory against Queenswood School, East Anglian regional champions, 4-1.
Victory against Wallington High School for Girls, London regional champions, 3-2, raised eyebrows as Truro School progressed to the medals play-offs.
Following a hard-fought 3-2 win against Hymers School, North East regional champions, the girls went on to play for Gold against The Westgate School.
Dave Hunt, Head of Badminton at Truro School and team manager, said: “The girls played exceptionally. The team spirit between the girls is what made the real difference on the day.”
There was one further moment of rapturous applause when Truro School went 1-0 up in the final, Melissa Lin playing fantastically against an international prospect and regular Gold tournament player.
However, The Westgate School’s team contained girls with high-level tournament experience and proved too strong overall, ending as worthy gold medallists with a 4-1 victory.
Finishing second in the country is by far the best achievement of any Truro School badminton team in the more than 20 years of the competition, which this year had over 40,000 players and over 8,000 teams entering, making it one of the biggest championships of its kind in Europe.
Team member Maddie Griffiths said: “It’s our first time at the National Finals so it was very nerve-racking. We were just proud to have got this far and wanted to enjoy the day. When we achieved a medal position, and then silver, we were really surprised!”
Truro School’s Under 16 Girls’ Team have been coached by the dedication and commitment of Clif Morcom and Dave Hunt. With four of the team members young enough to compete again next year, hopes are high for the future.