Mixed success for badminton team

Swansea University experienced mixed success at the Bucs Nottingham individual championships.

Christopher McMullan, Barry Garnham and Sam Gorell reached the fourth round of the men’s competition before narrowly losing to seeded opponents.

Hattie Wade and Rui Lin reached the third round of the women’s before their exit in similar fashion.

Swansea’s biggest success in the singles was junior Welsh international Alice Palmer, who reached the last 16 before losing to the eventual tournament winner.

In the mixed doubles, the pairs of Jeongyih Ho/Lin and Seijun Wong/Wade made second round exits, while Gorell/Palmer lost in the last 16.

In the women’s doubles, Palmer/Wade, Lin/Penny Scott and Sian Adams/Rebecca Richards were all in action.

Men’s doubles pair Wong/Ho were unlucky to be eliminated in the first round while Garnham/McMullan suffered defeat against the fifth seeds, and Gorell/Sam Crossley went out to second seeds and favourites from Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie – the most successful university at the Championships.

Swansea received the “Spirit of the Competition” award for a second consecutive year.

Tour Captain Garnham received a lifetime achievement award recognising the fact that he has represented Swansea at ten consecutive championships.

He said: “I’m very proud of my team, always supporting each other at the tournament.

“Even if we don’t take home any medals, everyone takes home great memories and adds to Swansea’s legendary status at these championships.”

The competition saw 65 universities take place with 75 top British and international students in action.

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