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Glorious day for KS3 Badminton

Glorious day for KS3 Badminton Boys

5 students from Tapton recently took part in the national badminton championships and came home victorious. Archit Sachdeva reports on the excitement, the tension and the glory!

 

Glorious day for KS3 Badminton Boys

5 students from Tapton recently took part in the national badminton championships and came home victorious. Archit Sachdeva reports on the excitement, the tension and the glory!

The 10th of May, a day for pure Tapton badminton glory.

After surging through the Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Yorkshire round, Tapton had made it into yet another national badminton final.

Nine teams from across the country competed in this major event at Center Parcs. These were the best KS3 boys & girls teams in England. We were nervous but excited. We had all trained very hard and we wanted to win.

To kick start the day, all teams were given an opportunity to have a meet and greet time with - who some people say is the best badminton player England has ever produced - Antony Clark. We got the chance to ask him any questions we may have.

But before we knew it, the games had begun. After beating both teams 5-0, 5-0 in the first round, we had guaranteed ourselves a podium position. Our confidence was sky high.

Next, we beat the first team in the final round with a satisfying score of 4-1, we were ready for anything. Everything was at stake to bring the trophy to Tapton and create history. But things were about to get a lot closer as the other team had won all their matches till the final. We realised it could go either way.

The final started with a huge cheer from the crowd. After losing a breath-taking first match, we brought it back by winning the next two matches. As we only needed one match to win, Tapton history was about to be made. We wanted to win the next game to keep the pressure off us. In the next game we took a decent lead and once we reached 20-14 it was championship point. Everyone was on the edge of their seats. The last rally seemed everlasting but the moment the shuttle hit the floor the celebrations had begun.

Everyone was elated. After a 7 year wait Tapton had done it. We were “KS3 Boys National Champions!” There was a thrilling presentation and we all had a huge smile on our face. It was an outstanding team effort and we were all very proud of our achievement. We had loved every minute of striving towards it.

The most important thing about this achievement is that it would not be possible without the amazing P.E department staff for coaching and encouraging us every step of the way. Also a special thank you must go to our external badminton coach Mr. Richard Morris for working very hard with us to develop our skills.

Overall it was great experience and will never be forgotten. Hopefully this will inspire others to carry on the legacy and win this tournament again.

By:  Archit Sachdeva (7DN)