THERE was success for the Pan-Disability Lisburn Badminton Club at the 4 Nations Parabadminton Series which took place at the Lisburn Racquets Club on November 17 and 18.
Twelve players from the Pan-Disability Lisburn Badminton Club competed in the Learning Disability Class of the competition, and over the weekend the Club’s players gathered 7 gold medals and 6 silver medals.
The first final on the Sunday saw Gary Bailie and Adam Smyth, both from Lisburn, take to the court in the Class 2 Men’s Singles, with Gary coming out the winner over three tightly contested sets. Shortly after, Claire O’Neill picked up a gold medal in the Class 2 Ladies Singles. The Class 3 Men’s Singles was also an all-Lisburn affair, with Colin O’Neill playing Aaron Fitzpatrick, and although Aaron took the first set, Colin fought back to win the next two sets and the match. To round off the singles John Bell finished runner up in the Class 4 Men’s Singles, losing again over three very tight sets.
In the Class 2 Men’s Doubles event, Gary and Adam teamed up to play Darren Day and John McAlvenney, another Lisburn pair, with Gary and Adam coming out on top. While Claire O’Neill took to the court again in the Class 2 Ladies Singles with her partner Liz McCudden from Abbots Cross, with Claire picking up her second medal of the day. Colin O’Neill and Aaron Fitzpatrick had their second final of the day, this time playing together in the Class 3 Men’s Doubles, where they came out the winners.
Claire O’Neill rounded off a superb weekend, by picking up her third gold in the Class 2 Mixed Doubles, playing with Adam Smyth against Gary Bailie and Liz McCudden. The final match of the weekend saw Aaron Fitzpatrick pair up with Carole Catling from Abbots Cross in the Class 3 Mixed Doubles, finishing with a silver medal.
Next up for most of the Club’s players will be the Special Olympics Regional Games in April, and meanwhile the weekly Club nights will continue taking place at the Lisburn Racquets Club on Saturday evenings. The Club would like to thank Sport Lisburn for their support so far this season, which allowed some of their players to travel to the Welsh leg of the 4 Nations Para-badminton Series in September, where the Club picked up 1 gold and 3 silver medals.
Anyone with a sensory, physical or learning disability who is interested in taking up the sport can contact Terry Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07789 682 446 for more information.