The King’s Lynn YMCA Junior Badminton club finished the season by awarding its annual prizes to two deserving players.
Sixteen-year-old Lydia Appleton (above) from Springwood High School was presented with the player of the season award, based on her improvement in play over the season, winning a trophy at the Championships and she is now playing at the adult club.
Janis and her volunteer helpers Gary Hellard and Annette Yallop, in conjunction with teenage helper Ella Payne, also chose the younger Player of the Season based on attendance, attitude towards learning and improvement over the 2014/15 season, which went to Jack Leverett, 10, from Docking Primary school.
Many of the juniors from the Mini club dominated the younger age group events at the recent West Norfolk Junior Badminton Championships, including Joshua Harvey, Poppy Peebles, Jack Leverett, Freddie Hudson, Sophie Marsh and Elianna Dockerty.
The club runs every Tuesday at King Edward V11 Academy from September to the end of April. Janis then encourages some of the older, more experienced, juniors to stay onto the adult pay and play club that takes place straight after the junior sessions.
This season Janis put a ladies team in the Ouse Valley Badminton League to give some of the teenage girls some competitive experience, and they narrowly missed out on winning the ladies league, finishing runners-up.
The club starts back on September 6. See Janis Baker’s website for more details: www.janisbaker.co.uk