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National badminton success for Arden School pupils Millie Evans and Kiara Henry

Solihull Editorial 14th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

YOUNGSTERS Millie Evans and Kiara Henry from Arden School collected silver and bronze medals at national competitions across the UK at the beginning of April.

Millie took part in the Under-13 Badminton Championships which took place on April 2-3 at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

She managed to obtain a silver medal in the mixed competition with her partner Nathan Moore, who is also a Warwickshire county player and Millie also reached the semi-finals in the level doubles with her partner Estelle Van Leeuwen from Buckinghamshire to take home a bronze medal too.

On both occasions she lost out to the eventual winners, while also making it through to the quarter-finals in the singles event.

Elsewhere, Kiara took part in the Under-15 Championships and came away from the Redbridge Leisure Centre in Ilford, London with a silver medal.

Competing on April 9-10, the Arden School pupil came runner-up in the level doubles with her partner Abbygael Harris from Staffordshire. She also made the mixed quarter-finals with her partner Christian Mitchell from Oxfordshire, while also losing out to the eventual National Champions.

Kiara has recently returned from an Under-15 international badminton competition in Belgium, where she made the quarter-finals in singles event and obtained bronze position in the mixed event with her partner Toby Leung from Devon.

Both players represent Warwickshire county and will shortly be part of Arden’s School KS3 stage badminton team who are competing in the finals of the National School Games which are being held in Milton Keynes National Badminton later this month.

The team is already one of the top 12 in the country and they will be hoping to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish.