A few of you may be wondering what has happened recently to Pembrokeshire’s top player, Jordan Hart. Well, she has had to suffer a tortuous recovery from a broken ankle including an operation to “grind off” (that’s my phrase – not a technically correct medical term!) the rough edges from the break which was not healing properly. After training for some months in pain, the decision to have the operation seems to have been the right one as training is now going much better. The ankle break followed on from some serious back problems which persisted for about a year and in all probability there are few youngsters who have spent as much time on the treatment table as she has!
At one stage her aim to be at the commonwealth games seemed in jeopardy, but she has now been told she is in the squad and her parents have been busy getting tickets.
The Badminton runs from 24th July to 3rd August in Glasgow and if you fancy a trip up North, then tickets range from £15 to £30 depending on the day with half price tickets for children and over 60’s. The badminton is in the same complex as cycling and athletics so you could widen your viewing day If wanted.
The first five days are all the Mixed team event with just one Gold medal available, before moving on to the singles, doubles and standard mixed events from July 29 th (further five Golds). England and Malaysia are traditionally the strongest countries with Scotland, India and Singapore also having individuals who can challenge for medals on their day. Wales start as underdogs but those who know Jordan’s competitive personality will understand how she will be itching to have a crack at some of the big stars. With 300 days training to go before the games, she will be looking to consign her long period of injury to the distant past.
On a personal note, Jordan has just taken the big step of being accepted for Loughborough University and will be experiencing some of the top playing conditions and coaching available over the next three years, alongside the very best young players in the UK.
I’m sure all Pembrokeshire players will wish her well in the next challenging step of her sporting career.
Report provided by Phil Gwyther