Year 9 student, Zak-Ray Linley-Moss, travelled to Derby on 9 September to compete in the Badminton England Gold Tournament.
The talented player qualified for the Under 15 group competition following his incredible ranking position of 22 in the country.
Playing both in the mixed doubles and singles competition, Zak played against some of the country’s top seeds. In the mixed doubles competition, Zak (partnering with fellow Under 15 player, Megan Brierley) easily progressed through the rounds before facing England’s top seeds in the semi finals. Not to be intimidated, the duo took a game from the eventual competition winners before losing 2-1 to secure a coveted bronze medal.
In the singles competition, Zak once again excelled, reaching the quarter finals, facing higher seed, Charlie Castle, for another potential bronze medal position. Despite losing the match, overall singles’ champion Castle was so impressed with his performance, that he has approached Zak to partner him in upcoming tournaments due to be held later on in the year. Training for this dynamic new partnership will be taking place in Devon in the forthcoming months.
“I feel really good about the tournament results.” explains Zak, “It is a really good feeling to compete and play at such a high level and even take games from top seeded players. I am incredibly passionate about badminton; I hope to take my game all the way to the top and eventually fulfil my ambition of becoming a professional badminton player.”
Head of the College’s Physical Education Department, Jamie Salter, is extremely proud of Zak’s performance: “Zak is a real credit to himself and the College both on and off the badminton court. The dedication to his game, and the professionalism he demonstrates, makes him stand out not only as a great sporting leader, but as a College ambassador and representative. We wish Zak all the very best in his upcoming competitions and we are sure he will achieve great things in the future.”
Zak is a real credit to himself and the College both on and off the badminton court. The dedication to his game, and the professionalism he demonstrates, makes him stand out not only as a great sporting leader, but as a College ambassador and representative.Head of Physical Education, Jamie Salter