Year 10 students, Mathew Sojan and Ben Scott represented Tasmania in the school holidays, playing in the Under 17 Australasian Badminton Championships held in Invercargill, New Zealand in April.
They were part of a six-player team, with the aim of building the experience and skills of exciting young players for future competitions.
Other members of the Tasmanian team were from The Friends’ School and Marist College Burnie.
The Under 17 Nationals competition introduces promising juniors to a carnival atmosphere and helps them develop the skills and confidence to compete in elite events. This was a very intensive carnival; they were away for 12 days and played badminton for 10 days.
The Tasmanian players won plenty of games during the championships, and even defeated one of the New Zealand sides. Both boys and all the team competed very well throughout the tournament.
Ben and Mathew have both been playing badminton for over three years. The boys play two or three times per week, mainly at the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Centre in South Hobart, though Ben plays also at Tunnack Hall.
They really enjoy the sport, and their team won last year’s competition. The exciting experience of representing the state will certainly give them a boost for the current season.
Their Division A team is playing tonight at The Friends School –we wish them well!