Three Gold Medals for Nikki Welch at the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Champaionships in Ireland
Following a gold medal win at the Bournemouth regional singles badminton competition in October, Nikki Welch from Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Badminton club and Special Olympics Cornwall returned home from the Irish 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships proudly displaying THREE GOLD MEDALS.
This event which is recognised by Special Olympics Great Britain was played over the weekend of the 21st November. Saturday saw Nikki play and win all 6 singles, 6 mixed doubles and women's doubles games. The following day, Nikki was facing three finals, and some very experienced players, but she remained calm and focused. 21-12 21-19 Nikki had beaten the local Irish Special Olympian, Clare O'Neill to win GOLD. Next the women's doubles final with new partner Linzi, who Nikki had beaten in the singles match 21-13 21-11. Their opponents, local Lisburn Special Olympians Clare O'Neill and Sarah-Louise Rea who Nikki had beaten in the women singles matches, the day before and were out for revenge. Nikki and her partner upped their game three fold and won GOLD 21-15 21-16. In the Mixed Doubles, Nikki and new partner Lloyd Crawley faced champion Michael McCraw from Lothian Scotland and his partner for the event Jackie Robins. Nikki and Lloyd were overjoyed with their 21- 18 21-17 GOLD medal win but were gracious in consoling their opponents. Nikki thanked Tournament Director and Ulster Badminton President William Martin for organising and running a faultless event which helped her stay relaxed and focused to win all THREE GOLD MEDALS.
Claire Reed from Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Badminton Club said. 'We are very proud to have Nikki as part of our Club and are delighted at her achievement. Nikki is dedicated to her Badminton and her results reflect that. Her family deserve huge recognition here ensuring Nikki is able to attend these competitions. We will support Nikki as much as possible to achieve her dreams'.
Nikki has several tournaments approaching, but her long term goal is the National Special Olympics which will be in Sheffield in August 2017.
Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Badminton Club awarded Premier Club status are still celebrating after winning Junior Club of the Year at last month's Cornwall Sports Awards 2015. They have been overwhelmed again by being nominated by their National Governing Body, Badminton England, for the National Badminton Awards 2016 to be announced in March.
Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Badminton Club is the Hub Club for East Cornwall Community Badminton Network and a member of Special Olympics Cornwall. They have sessions at Lux Park Leisure Centre on a Monday including 'No Strings' pay and play sessions. They also have two satellite clubs at Launceston and Bodmin.
Other noteworthy achievements by Liskeard players Cara Collins and Ellie Reed together with Luke Sillifant from Launceston Satellite will be reported separately.
Cara and Ellie will join forces at the weekend to compete in the Ladies' Doubles event at the U21 County Championships at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell. Coach Liam Sillifant from Launceston Satellite will also be in action defending his Men Singles and Mixed Doubles titles he won last year.
If you would like to know more about the sessions on offer then please contact Claire Reed on 07974966304, Nigel Collins on 07817753507 or Jenny Marchant on 01579 346582.