Nathan King and Eboni Atherley repeated as Primary Schoools champions of the National Sports Council Schools Badminton Championship for a second consecutive year, after winning their respective finals at the Wildey Gymnasium yesterday.
A student of Blackman and Gollop Primary, King emerged victorious in the best-of-three final, beating Aaron Massiah of Charles F. Broome Primary, 21-11, 21-13.
A season campaigner, having won gold in the Under-13 Boys’ final at the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation Championship (CAREBACO) held this year in Trinidad and Tobago, King made light work of his opponent who was unable to return several serves and also struggled to handle many of the strong attacking shots which King meted out.
Speaking after the match, the ten-year-old told Barbados TODAY he was hoping for the final against Massiah to be a lot more competitive but was pleased with his efforts.
“I feel good about my performance but I did not really get the type of competition I was looking for,” said the class four student, who has his heart set on attending the St Michael School followng next year’s Common Entrance examinations.
The queen of Primary Schools badminton, Eboni Atherley, also has her eyes set on attending St Michael School which has some of the best national youth players led by national Under-19 champions Amanda Haywood and Shai Martin, both sixth form students at the Martindale’s Road institution.
A class four student at George Lamming Primary, Atherley comfortably defeated Sarrayah Yearwood of St Gabriel’s School 21-5, 21-3, to once again dominate at this level.
Atherley and Yearwood were quite familiar with each other, having clashed in last year’s final, but Yearwood found herself once again outplayed.
“I feel happy. I work really hard. I train three days a week with my coach Dave Forde, and I am satisfied with my performance,” beamed Atherley, also the reigning Under-13 champion of the National Primary Schools Road Tennis competition.
There was some disappointment for Atherley, however, as she was unable to score another victory when she competed in the girls Open, won by second form Lodge School student, Shania Forde, the daughter of former national player, Athelstone Forde.
Forde won the match comfortably, 2-0, to come out on top and said afterwards the win had been a result of hard work in training.
“I put a lot of work into my training with my dad and coach Dave [Forde] after taking the sport a lot more seriously three years ago and today the result was what I hoped it would be,” she said.
“I used her weak areas to my advantage especially her backhand, which I know was her weak point. Most of the time when I lobbed she would miss it and that worked well for me.”