Pembrokeshire is very rapidly getting their very own badminton equivalent to the World famous American Tennis stars, the Williams sisters as both Jordan Hart and “lil’ Sis” Lowrie Hart are now in their respective Welsh Squads. Jordan is now a fixture in the senior squad, playing singles, seed number two, while Lowrie has been playing for a few months with the under 13’s despite the fact she is still only ten.
Had a plane malfunction not stopped Lowrie and the Welsh Under 13’s from flying to Ireland on the 14th February the girls would have had the honour of both representing their country in the same week.
Jordan has been taking part in the European Team championships in Basel, Switzerland and came out with personal honours even, losing two and winning two. She beat her opponents from Finland and Estonia in tight matches. Only Number one singles seed Clarissa Turner managed more wins with one singles win and also two doubles wins in a very tough week for the Welsh Women’s team as they competed hard but only won one match.
Lowrie meanwhile had the huge disappointment of the team flights to Ireland being cancelled– first for a technical fault and then a re-arranged one because of severe storms. They were en-route to a competition called The Celtic Challenge with Welsh, Scottish and Irish under 13 teams taking part. The youngsters not to mention parents and coaches arriving at the airport, were all devastated at not being able to travel, having won this event last year at home. It’s a huge pity because there are very few chances to play for Wales at Junior level.
Now Lowrie is looking forward to another rather unique event when the Welsh Junior National Championships take place in a few weeks time in North Wales. Jordan is still eligible to play Juniors at under 19 level despite being a regular in the senior team and she has been asked to play by her coaches as she has an opportunity to be the first ever Junior to win Gold in singles, five years in a row. Jordan normally plays singles and mixed doubles but not usually ladies doubles so, as the family will be travelling to support as they usually do, Jordan has also asked Lowrie to take part with her in the under 19 doubles. It is a huge ask for a young girl but Lowrie has her sister’s will to win and will give it her best shot – and it’s a little boost for her after the disappointment of missing out on that first welsh match.
Pembrokeshire Badminton Development Officer
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Jordan with the Welsh Women’s Team in Basel, Switzerland
Jordan with Lowrie (two years ago)