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Olympic stars come out to boost badminton in SA

Current Olympians and prospective Olympians teamed up in Pretoria recently to improve the success of the badminton code, writes Mark Etheridge.

The NGB Hall in Pretoria was the venue for the tournament which saw eight Protea players combining with eight up and coming youngsters. The aim was both to fast track the development of the youngsters and also to gauge which of them could make the step up to the highest level.

National selectors combined the players by looking at any shortcoming the youngsters had and where they could improve. Both the winners and runners-up received prize money.

Free State’s Yanke van den Yyver was the biggest winner as he won two titles ÔÇô combining with Olympian brother and sister Wiaan and Annari Viljoen.

The third title went to the combination of Olympian Dorian James and the young Reneshan Naidoo from KwaZulu-Natal.

Border’s Cameron Coetzer was twice a runner-up, once with Shereen Mattews from WP and then with Ian Edwards from NC ÔÇô none of them national senior players.


Mixed Doubles: 1 Wiaan Viljoen & Janke vd Vyver (Final play-off score: 21-17 21-18)
2 Cameron Coetzer & Shereen Matthews
3 Ian Edwards & Demi Botha
4 Dorian James & Anri Schoonees
5 Chris Dednam & Lee-Ann De Wet
6 Reneshan Naidoo & Chris Dednam & Lee-Ann De Wet
7 Michael Jennings & Jade Kraemer
8 Bongani von Bodenstein & Annri Viljoen

Men’s Doubles
1 Dorian James & Reneshan Naidoo (Final play-off score: 21-11 21-18)
2 Ian Edwards & Cameron Coetzer
3 Wiaan Viljoen & Michael Jennings
4 Chris Dednam & Bongani von Bodenstein

Women’s Doubles
1 Annri Viljoen & Janke vd Vyver (Score in the final play-off: 21-18 15-21 21-19)
2 Shereen Matthews & Lee-Ann De Wet
3 Jade Kreamer & Anri Schoonees
4 Stacey Doubell & Demi Botha

Meanwhile, the implementation phase of Shuttle Time SA is gaining momentum in Gauteng and another course on back to back weekends was held in Alberton. Twenty-seven teachers took part, making this the biggest Teachers Course so far.

National co-ordinator Christina Caldeira, again presented the course and she was ably assisted by Andrew Reynolds. The local badminton association, Southern Gauteng Badminton Association, contributed financially and local organiser Natasha le Grange from Alberton High School made sure that the day was a great success.

ÔÇ£We see the Shuttle Time Schools Project as the future of badminton in the greater Johannesburg area,ÔÇØ said Darryll Robinson, chairman of SGBA during his opening speech.┬á Dr Klaas Visser represented BSA and briefly mentioned the national schools tournaments that will be held in the Gauteng Area later in 2013.

The course went off very successfully and the next course in the Johannesburg area is already being planned for the next school term.