The heat has been turned up now to find competitors to represent GB in Para Badminton for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games – Do you have a disability and love being active? You could be just who we are looking for………………….read on!!
Now that Para Badminton is to feature in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, we at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club, together with sponsors, The Anders Foundation, are providing Badminton sessions to “talent spot” potential participants to compete in the 2020 Paralympic games.
A decision will not be taken until 2017 by the International Paralympic Committee as to which disability categories will be available. However, it is our aim to encourage the young and disabled to participate and reach their sporting goals, whether this is to reach Olympic, National or County standard – or they want to play badminton purely for fun.
We are looking for young people aged 8 – 18 yrs who have good hand-eye co-ordination. Their disabilities can range from prosthetic limbs with good mobility, wheelchair bound, short stature, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities as well as learning disabilities and those with a hearing impairment. The Club also has two sports wheelchairs available for use.
The sessions take place at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club, Cranbrook Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4HD on Sunday morning from 10.00 – 12.00. The dates for the sessions are:
15th January, 19th February, 12th March and 9th April.
All coaches are Badminton England Level Two qualified.
We would ask that each applicant be accompanied by a parent or teacher. Sports kit and clean sports shoes with non-marking soles must be worn. There is no cost to the participants and racquets and shuttlecocks will be provided together with sports wheelchairs.
Nathan Robertson, Olympic silver medal winner for mixed doubles said, “As Patron to England Para-Badminton (Ebad www.ebad.org.uk/) I am always delighted to see projects like this encouraging more people to enjoy our great sport, with the recent inclusion of Badminton in the Paralympics it’s a great chance for anyone to get into the sport and try and live the Olympic dream”
Come and have a go!! You could be our next Olympian!