That the teams came back with silver medals for both the Boys and the Girls competition is a testament to the hard work and determination of the whole squad that played well above the level that would be anticipated. The Boys team came 4 points of taking the title in an extraordinary match against a team from school with 7 times as many pupils! The girls team led by Amelie Chandran gave up 2 years in age to every other team but still managed to take 2nd
place, with an extremely impressive singles performance from Amelie who only gave away 4 points in the entire tournament.
Team Manager Oliver Chandran said, “our performance was beyond my expectations, after we won the first match as team it galvanised the players and better team communication that led us to the silver medal”. Team member James reflected “it was a tough tournament, but I felt I was improving as the matches progressed and playing as a team led us to our success, it was my first badminton competition, and it has inspired me to get more involved in the sport”.
Issac, who started at St David’s in September, said “I used to play in Hong Kong but I had stopped playing to concentrate on basketball, playing today has made me want to develop my badminton again and I will be going to badminton on Tuesday and Thursday evening as the Housemasters will take me”.
Coco said the girls took something even better tha medals away from the day “we made friends with the other teams, it was really nice to meet pupils from other schools in Wales, we even did a big group selfie lying on the floor!”
Team driver Mr Pettitt said, “it’s been incredible to see how the team developed, the pupils asked for and organised a squad and it was great to take a student led initiative to a really well-run competition.”