Wednesday, 22 May 2024

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The journey to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is underway, starting with the first qualifying event in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The Spanish Para Badminton International kicks off a packed 17-event calendar, giving players on the circuit a chance to earn early qualification points. An impressive 318 Para shuttlers will be competing in the tournament, with 15 of them coming from England. Notable players like Jack Shephard (SH6), Krysten Coombs (SH6), Isaak Dalglish (SH6), Daniel Bethell (SL3), and Rachel Choong (SH6) will be looking to make a strong start to the new season.

Para GB Head Coach Richard Morris expressed confidence in his team’s preparation for the event in Spain. The athletes have been training diligently and worked on new development areas leading up to the tournament. After a well-deserved break over Christmas, they were eager to get back on the court and have been focused on key areas during their training sessions. The team is excited and motivated, ready to push themselves to new levels of performance. The high standard of competition, with the top 12 players in their discipline participating, is a testament to the sport’s growth.

English players made a mark at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, bringing home two medals. Daniel Bethell secured a silver medal after a fierce battle with his archrival Pramod Bhagat, while Krysten Coombs earned a bronze medal. Despite the pressure, Coach Morris believes that his players have the confidence and ability to aim for the top. They all have their sights set on winning medals and have shown tremendous dedication and skill.

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