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Lichfield badminton player picks up two silver medals at 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

A Lichfield badminton player is celebrating after winning two silver medals at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International competition.

Rebecca Bedford

Rebecca Bedford

Rebecca Bedford, from Yoxall, competed in the SS6 classification in both the singles and mixed doubles.

The 19-year-old, who trains at Friary Grange Leisure Centre – where here progress has been supported after being given free access to help her develop her career further.

Rebecca said: “I’m really grateful for the support I’m receiving from Friary Grange and the Team GB Gold Club.

“Getting court time while I’m back home from university is really helpful for my tournament preparations. Also having access to the excellent fitness suite at the leisure centre is a major benefit for my strength and conditioning training.”

Rebecca will be hoping to make the Team GB squad when Para-Badminton makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, said: “We have some great local sporting talent and we’re always looking for ways to help them.

“Well done to Rebecca on her two silver medals and we wish her the best of luck in her future competitions, including Tokyo 2020.”

Rebecca, who studies history at Sheffield University, will also compete in the World Dwarf Games in Canada in August, where she will compete in badminton as well as shot, discus, table tennis, powerlifting, swimming and women’s football.

Following the removal of all funding for the GB and England para badminton squads, Rebecca has to fund her own travel and accommodation at tournaments. A fundraising page has been launched online.

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