Alveston claim five medals at junior tournament

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Faith Christopherson (centre) and Beth Harris, (right) on the podium.

MORE than 70 youngsters descended upon St Nicholas’ Park Leisure Centre in Warwick on Saturday to take part in a junior badminton tournament.

Players competed from under-10 through to under-18, hoping to impress the county coaches with their skills.

Among them were many from Alveston Juniors and five came away with medals.

First success of the day came when George Baxter came agonisingly close in the boys’ U12 event. George won all but one of his games with the exception being the narrowest of defeats, 21-20, to overall winner Ryan McCool.

Joe Maynard marked his debut appearance in the competition with bronze in the boys’ U14. Having won all but one of his group matches, he then came up against eventual winner Matthew Forde in the semi-final, going down 21-11.

In the afternoon, Alveston’s girls took over the medal collecting, particularly in the U16 category.

Faith Christopherson powered through unbeaten to take gold whilst clubmate Beth Harris had to settle for bronze. Sandwiched between them was Ananya Kannan from Coventry’s Jubilee club.

In the final event of the day, Ellie Sinclair collected a further bronze for her club, in the girls’ U18.