Monday 26th October 2015, By Phil Gwyther
It's great to see young Pembrokeshire players taking on the best in Wales and indeed - Britain. We are lucky to have talented players and dedicated parents who are prepared to travel a long way for that.
Lowri Hart and Daniel Kite recently played in A Badminton England Gold level under 13 event in Cheltenham and Lowri played extremely well to get to the semi finals before losing and gaining a bronze medal. Daniel didn't get past his group stage but still gained valuable experience in playing against top players.
Meanwhile Jasmine Owen travelled all the way to Deganwy in North Wales for an Open tournament that had players from as far afield as Nothumberland and Essex as well as all over Wales. Unfortunately she found that most of the girls in her under 13 class had dropped out. Consequently she was asked to play in the boys event and again it was a learning experience for her as she still competed hard against very experienced young lads. She also teamed up with the only other under 13 girl to take on the boys in the doubles and they pushed their opponents hard coming very close to winning in two matches.
Finally Just to clarify the Junior tournament levels for readers of the website:-
Badminton Wales has Shuttle Series Tournaments all over Wales which are for beginners and intermediate players. There are six in South Wales for Pembrokeshire Players to take part in - but it does mean quite a bit of travel. The first of the season is 25th October in Ebbw Vale with a start time of 9am! Quite a challenging road trip of 220 miles or more for Pembrokeshire Parents as well as the players! The top ranked players in the South Series play their equivalent players from North Wales in a season final at Welshpool.
Then there are higher standard Open Tournaments all over Wales which squad players and high performance groups take part in. These will usually quite a few include players from England. Most Welsh Opens are considered to be the equivalent of Badminton England Bronze level tournaments with only one at Welshpool listed as being on the Badminton England Silver level circuit.
Then highest of all - there are the top Badminton England Gold level series, which would usually only include some of the very best Welsh players.
So you can see that Lowri Hart getting a Bronze medal at a Gold level tournament in Cheltenham is a better result than her getting a Gold medal at an Open tournament in Wales or a Gold medal at a Bronze level or Silver level tournament in England. Simples!! Yes!
Then of course there are the massive continental tournaments - but I'll give you a break and leave those for another day!
Lowri Hart with her Bronze Medal at Cheltenham