Badminton boys in fine form

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Waitaki Boys’ High School sent a squad of  four teams to the Aoraki Secondary School Badminton Championships in Timaru on Wednesday.

Eighteen boys’ teams participated in the competition and Waitaki preformed well in all three grades.

The WBHS Red team, consisting of Zack Luo, Joseph Balfe, Josh Tonkin and Daniel Jamieson, were placed second in the A-grade competition behind an exceptional Ashburton College side.

The final match-up went to the wire, with both sides taking three wins, but Ashburton came out eventual winners following a points count of 159 to 156.

The WBHS Black team of Blake Wilson, Lachie McGee, Tom Cunningham and Jack Stead also produced fine displays, finishing in fourth place in the A-Grade.

Not to be outdone, WBHS Gold were the best of the B-Grade, with Jonty Naylor, Jake Gawn, Eli Turbucz and Sam Roberts taking out first place. Liam Proctor, Alex Hardy, Caleb Allan and Dhugald Spry performed well in the C-grade, taking out first place.

Black team member Blake Wilson also picked up an individual honour after being awarded the Aoraki Secondary Schools Fair Play Award for the day’s events at the boys’ competition.

Teacher in charge of badminton, Laura Crane, praised the boys’ dedication and attitude.

“I was very, very pleased with their performances. They all played at their absolute best,” she said.

Crane also credited Blake Wilson and the other boys for the level of sportsmanship displayed.

“It’s so important that they show good sportsmanship. I was really pleased with that.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Waitaki Boys’ High School squad members  Zack Luo, Joseph Balfe, Daniel Jamieson and Blake Wilson performed well in Timaru.