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Feltwell badminton ace has golden touch at national event

Harry Wakefield, from Feltwell, won several medals, including a gold, in recent national tournaments in Suffolk.

The young badminton ace also travelled to Denmark to play in the Junior Danish Open.

Wakefield, 14, also entered the boys’ doubles at the under-17 bronze grade event in Ipswich.

Harry Wakefield (20417245)
Harry Wakefield (20417245)

Partnering with Rylee Hoang in the boys’ doubles, they won their group, then the semi- final to face Andrew Harvey and Arav Swati Abhay.

A close final reached 20-all, when Harry and Rylee held their nerve to take the title 23-21.

The following day, he then played in the higher level, Silver grade tournament.

In the boys’ singles he won the bronze medal after reaching the semi singles, losing to Ivan Tan, from Berkshire, after winning all four matches in the group stage.

In the boys’ doubles, Wakefield played with Tighe Crooke from Warwickshire, and the boys were made top seeds.

Living up to their billing, they duly won all three matches in their group to reach the final, but fell short, losing to the number two seeds 15-12, 15-9 for silver.

But Wakefield’s biggest success came in the mixed doubles, playing with his regular partner, Chloe Dennis from Suffolk, as the pair won the gold medals.

They won all matches in their group, and the semi-final to reach the final. Playing Jai Bin Lee and Sophia Bao, they dominated the final to win 15-9, 15-8.

Testing himself against players in Europe, Wakefield went over to Denmark to play in the junior Danish Open in Odense.

In his group he was pitted against two Danish players and a boy from Holland.

Wakefield won all three matches, including one which went to a third end, with him winning 23-21.

Despite not progressing further, the teenager was the only English player to get through the group stage – a great achievement in itself.

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