PC players David King and Lydia Powell had the privilege of being selected by Badminton England to play in the 2014 BWF World Junior Championships.
The event was held at the Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim in Alor Setar, Malaysia from the 13th to 18th April, 2014.
The event was a massive step-up for both David and Lydia and provided their first experience of playing on the world stage.
In the Mixed Doubles event, David teamed up with Jessica Hopton to face the Indian pair, Chirag Sen and Kuhoo Garg. Despite David and Jessica’s best efforts, Chirag and Kuhoo raced ahead to take the first game 21-12. David and Jessica focused their efforts in the second and narrowly lost 19-21.
In the Mens Singles event, David faced Sri Lanka’s Dumbukola Goonathileka Buwenaka Tharindu Dullewa. David fought hard, but lost in straight games 17-21 14-21.
In the Mens Doubles event, David partnered Matthew Clare. Their first match saw them drawn against the five of eight seeds from Korea, Jae Hwan Kim and Jung Ho Kim. The Korean pair proved too strong, winning the first game 21-13 and then racing through the second to win 21-9.
In the Womens Singles event, Lydia’s first match saw her face Singapore’s Ai Ninna Tan. Lydia narrowly lost a tight first game 20-22. She then asserted her control in the second to stretch to a 21-14 win to level the match. Playing controlled badminton in the deciding third, Lydia closed out the match with a 21-18 victory to proceed into the next round.
Here Lydia faced Hong Kong’s Ka Yan Fan. Lydia’s opponent pulled ahead to take the first game 21-15, before Lydia took the second with an impressive 21-17 win. In the deciding third, Ka Yan Fan pulled ahead and closed out the game 21-16 to take the match victory.
In the Womens Doubles event, Lydia teamed up with Jessica Hopton. The pair faced the nine of sixteen seeds from Germany, Luise Heim and Yvonne Li. Lydia and Jessica kept in touching distance of their opponents in the first game, narrowly losing 18-21. Luise and Yvonne then demonstrated why they were seeded as they pulled ahead in the second to win 21-12.
Horsham Performance Centre is immensely proud to see two of its players take their first steps on the world stage.
The event was a fantastic experience and learning opportunity for both players.