Medal joy for locals at tournament in Cardiff

There was success for five players from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club last weekend at 4 Nations Parabadminton Series.
There was success for five players from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club last weekend at 4 Nations Parabadminton Series.

Last weekend (21st – 23rd August) saw the 4 Nations Parabadminton Series kick-off in Wales, with five players from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club travelling to Cardiff to take part in the Learning Disability Section of the tournament.

In the Class 2 Men’s Singles, Gary Bailie and Adam Smith both made the semi-finals, but unfortunately this is as far as either made it. Abbie Fusco, competing in her first 4 Nations tournament made it to the semi-final of the Class 4 Women’s Singles.

Doubles proved to be more successful for the club, where Gary and Adam combined to again reach the semi-final in the Men’s Class 2 event.

In the Women’s Doubles, Claire O’Neill joined her Scottish partner, Jenny Gray, to claim the gold medal in the Class 2 event, while Abbie Fusco and Jackie Robins teamed up to win a silver medal in the Class 3 final.

Unfortunately that was it for medals over the weekend, but in the Mixed Doubles, Adam and Claire came together to make a semi-final in the Class 2 event, while Abbie joined up with her Scottish partner, Steven van Beek, to reach the semi-final of the Class 3 event.

The club is looking forward to building on these results in the home leg of the series, held in Lisburn in November.

Before then, the club will be hosting a taster session at Lisburn Racquets Club from 3-6pm on Saturday 19th September. Anyone interested is attending this can contact pandisabilitlisburn@irishbadminton.com or call Terry on 07889 808 462.