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Durham Badminton compete over 3 disciplines at BUCS Nationals

(13 February 2020)

Durham University Badminton Club has 13 students taking part in BUCS individuals across 3 disciplines over the coming weekend at BUCS Nationals. 

Spanning 3 days, the tournament attracts the best university players from around the country. Two years ago, our Women’s Doubles pair reached the Finals, bringing home a silver medal for Team Durham. With no medals last year, they hope to change that; Adam Dolman is hoping to be in medal contention as ¾ seed in the Men’s Single discipline, and with a previous Badminton England ranking of 10th in the country we hope he can bring his top form on the weekend.

Last year, Club Vice-President Joshmyn Bong came out from the qualification rounds to reach the last 16 in Women’s Singles and, with strong results in BUCS Premier Northern League matches this year, we hope she can go one better! She will partner Adam Dolman in the Mixed as 9/16 seeds and Kathy Wong, an up-and-coming first year, in Women’s Doubles with the hope to get to the main draw.

Owen West-Bourne will play with Kathy and Joe Rolfe in Mixed and Men’s doubles and, with all three players competing for their first time at the BUCS Individuals, all are hopeful to make an impact for Team Durham.

Men’s Captain Michael Lewis will partner Beth Speechley in Mixed Doubles and the pair hope to build on their partnership from last year and progress further into the qualification rounds. Michael will also be partnering Tharin Sachayan in Men’s Doubles and will be aiming to progress from the Qualification Rounds into the Main Draw after a tough opposition defeat last year.

Women’s Captain Amber Zijlma will compete in BUCS for the first time as well and will partner Beth in Women’s Doubles as well as competing in her preferred Women’s Singles discipline.

We look forward to hearing the results from the weekend and wish the team the best of luck! 

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