Thorpe girls win badminton regionals

The county finals of the Center Parcs National Schools Championships were held at the UEA Sports Park.

The boys winners at Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) were Springwood and the girls, Thorpe St Andrew, whilst Aylsham were the boys winners at Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) with Hobart winning the girls' event.

Those four teams represented Norfolk at the regional finals in Cambridge. Aylsham boys found their opponents very strong and finished 5-5, whilst Hobart girls were second in their group, but lost in the first semi-final. Sprowston were second in their group, but lost a close match in the first semi-final.

But the girls from Thorpe St Andrew set the competition alight for Norfolk, winning their group and beating Bedford girls 5-0 in the first semi-final. The final was an exciting and nail-biting affair with the girls keeping their nerve to win 3-2 against St Clement Danes (Herts).

The girls, Lauren Mortimer, Kate Sawyer, Beth Underwood and Kylie Amos, will now move on to represent the Eastern Region at Center Parcs, Nottingham on April 21.