West Norfolk junior badminton players, brothers Charlie and Harry Wakefield won medals at two national Badminton England tournaments in Suffolk last weekend.
Eleven-year-old Harry, with partner Chloe Dennis, were playing up two age groups in the mixed doubles event, and managed to win the gold medals at the u15 Silver grade tournament.
After winning their group, they played against a pair from Herts in the final, and won a thrilling match 10-15, 16-14, 15-11.
Harry paired up with David Lang from Kent in the boys’ doubles, and were unlucky not to win their group after three wins and just one loss, tied with a pair from Herts, but they missed out on countback and were awarded the bronze medals as group runners-up.
In the boys’ singles, Harry won all games in his group to reach the semi-finals, but unfortunately lost a close match 13-15 in the deciding end to a player from Bucks.
The next day was the Suffolk u16 Badminton England Bronze grade tournament. The brothers both won their respective groups to reach the semis.
Charlie lost to Rohan Shergill from Kent 13-21 to win the bronze medal.
However, Harry went one better to win his semi 21-14 and face Shergill in the final, although he lost 15-21 to take home the silver medal.
The mixed was played in one group. Harry and Chloe won their first three matches comfortably to set up a decider against a much older pair, and although they pushed them in both games, they lost 10-15, 9-15 to win silver.
In the boys’ doubles Harry and David won the first three games to set up a group decider with Shergill and Pungliya from Herts which they lost 13-21 to take home bronze medals.
Charlie and Norfolk partner Arrunesh Velu also won all three group games to set up a decider against number 1 seeds Coyne and Jenkins from Surrey which they won 21-13.
In the final Charlie and Arrunesh beat Shergill and Pungliya 23-21 despite coming from behind and saving two match points, to take the gold medals.
l West Norfolk Junior Badminton is sponsored by Roythorne’s Garage of North Wootton.