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.
Representing Truro School in the Under 16 team, Melissa Lin, Aabha Mate, Maddie Griffiths, Zoe Mitchell, Tung Wong and Sophie Clark qualified as South West regional champions back in early March.
The group stage started with victory against Queenswood School at the East Anglian regional champions, where Truro came out on top with a score of 4 – 1. The victory continued as a win against Wallington High School for Girls at the London regional champions (3 – 2) raised eyebrows as Truro School progressed to the medals play-offs.
The girls played exceptionally. The team spirit between the girls is what made the real difference on the day.
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, with 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 twenty-plus year history 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-wracking. 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.