Talented Year 10 badminton player, Zak-Ray Linley-Moss, ended 2018 with a double gold at the U15 Carlton International Youth Tournament held in Hoensbroek, Holland on 28-30 December.
Entering in the singles, doubles and team events, Zak quickly progressed through the rounds in all three categories. As an unseeded singles player, Zak comfortably beat players from Germany, Belgium, England and Sweden before meeting Dutch player, Noah Hasse in the quarter finals. Following a close and tense match, Zak’s singles bid ended with a 17-21 17-21 defeat.
Partnering with fellow U15 player, Liam Purton, in the doubles competition, Zak and his teammate won all of their qualifying rounds, conceding no more than 16 points throughout. After a convincing victory in the semi-finals, Zak and his partner faced a Dutch duo in the final. A convincing 30-15 victory saw Zak secure his first gold of the tournament.
The final day heralded the team event, where teams played boys singles, girls singles, mixed doubles, girls and boys doubles matches. Joining English players Dan McMillan and Liam Purton and Dutch players Chloe Li and Stefanie Nijsse, Zak and his teammates stormed to victory to take gold overall.
Zak said of his wins: “Overall, I was extremely happy with my performance; I feel that I played the best badminton I have in a long time. I’d like to thank Forza West Midlands for their continued support and also my new sponsor Mount Stuart Hospital. I’m looking forward to what 2019 will bring; I would like to focus on gaining more experience and playing with different people.”
Newton Abbot College Teacher of Physical Education, Ian Patchett, said: “Zak is a phenomenal player, whose commitment to the game and passion for his craft shines through. It has been a privilege to watch his talent flourish in the years since he joined out College community. We wish him all the best for 2019 and beyond.”