Dual Career duo reach latter stages of U19 English Badminton Champs as Paralympics medallist Dan Bethell wins trio of titles

13 December 2021

Team Bath Dual Career student-athletes Cara Collins and Toby Dillingham both produced impressive performances at the U19 English National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes.

Fresh from picking up a trophy at the Wiltshire Senior Silver competition, University of Bath Sports Performance student Collins reached the last four of both the ladies’ and mixed doubles with partners Chloe Dennis (Suffolk) and Harry Goode (Hertfordshire) respectively (pictured).

Dan Bethell (right) won three titles at the UK Para-Badminton Championships

Mechanical Engineering student Dillingham – who, like Collins, is coached by Peter Bush at the Team Bath Sports Training Village – was a quarter-finalist in the men’s doubles with Adarsh Palanikimar and mixed doubles with Caitlin Harper (both Warwickshire).

Meanwhile, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medallist Dan Bethell won a hat-trick of titles at the UK Para-Badminton Championships in Sheffield – the SL3 men’s singles, the SL3-4 men’s doubles with William Smith and the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles with Emma Stoner.

Bethell, who made history for ParalympicsGB by winning SL3 silver when para-badminton made its Games debut in Tokyo this summer, is a former Team Bath Futures athlete and has been back training with Bush at the Sports Training Village for the past couple of months while the national high-performance programme is on a post-Tokyo hiatus until the new year.

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