We have seen another season of massive progress and success for Visions players across all age groups and levels. We had players qualifying for all age group nationals.
At International junior level no academy or centre in the country can match our results in the last three years.
International and National – Ben Lane followed in his brother Alex’s footsteps by becoming European under 17 Champion, and then went one better by becoming double champion, winning mixed and doubles gold. Ben also had superb results at the World U19 Juniors, challenging Asia’s best, won another Danish Cup Individual Gold in Mixed, and was unbeaten at both U17 and U19 Nationals in the mixed and doubles.
Betty Blair represented England at the O45 World Seniors and picked up Gold in Women’s doubles and Silver in Singles. David Follett continued to represent England at Parabadminton events.
Lauren Cole joined the list of players who have achieved England selection through training with Visions, when she was picked for the U13 Danish Cup, where she reached quarter of mixed and was undefeated in team event. Lauren also bounced back from a serious mid season injury to win the Devon U15 Silver.
Alex continued to train primarily with England at MK, he had a challenging year, and missed several months and Nationals through injury, but he recently bounced back to win Essex Gold, beating the senior England no.2 , and Alex continues to progress on the European circuit.
Domestic Circuit – Matt and Dan Corby added more Silver circuit titles to their list, and reached finals at Gold tournament. Sarah Nickels reached her first Silver final at Cornwall and her highest rankings during the season. Jamie Roberton won the Devon restricted singles.
Emily Killoran showed massive improvement , with several grading upgrades, and progressed at U13 Gold events and got into Gold star for the first time. Lucy Cooper and Anya Paton also improved and both picked up many medals in circuit events in singles and doubles with various partners. Jasmine, Charlotte and Learna all won multiple u11 medals and competed at nationals.
On the boy’s side Owen, Dan, Cameron and Will were regulars on the u13 circuit, often winning medals. Dan won North Devon and was runner up Reading U12, while Owen medalled at a Gold singles. I can’t mention every player but I can’t think of a player who hasn’t developed over the last season.
Thanks to Phillip Drew Decorators who sponsored our Sunday squad sessions in Newton Abbot. Thanks to GMM Insurance who sponsored our shirts, reducing the burden on parents, and Maurice Robinson Sports for supplying and printing the shirts. Many players have asked about tracksuits, we will shortly be offering a new Forza team tracksuit, and other kit to players.
We have seen top players such as Jess Hopton and Carl Baxter working with the players, we are looking at similar opportunities in the future. Thanks to players for their efforts and good attitude, I don’t think we have any players at Visions that aren’t a pleasure to work with. Thanks to parents for their support and loyalty. Next season could be a big year for many players and we look forward to seeing what improvements can be made over the Summer.
VISIONS HAS PRODUCED
* 3 European Junior Gold * 3 Danish Cup Gold * 24 National Jnr Titles * 9 Junior Internationals *