LONDON BUSES naturally spring to mind, when one thinks of two talented Camborne Science & Community College students, Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase, both aged 12.
The young stars, who are both good friends, are showing remarkable prowess and passion on their beloved badminton court.
Both youngsters, so personable and unassuming, have been playing badminton for 18 months only and, already, they have gained National recognition, via BADMINTON England rankings, in the Under-13 Girls’ Singles discipline.
Prior to Christmas, Amy was ranked No: 42, with Kellen on No. 31, but after the release of the February, 2011 figures, Amy had jumped to number.29, with Kellen, on number 17.
The Girls have been members of the successful Cornwall Youth Badminton (CYB) Under-13 team, sponsored by Dairy Crest Davidstow (“Cathedral City” cheese), which, has lifted the South West Counties Junior Badminton League, for the first time in Kernow’s history. Indeed, Kellen has been the Team’s joint captain, along with Sam Laity and Alex Julian.
Alan and Clif to the fore, with coaching, as Jo. helps out with games on court:
Alan Williams and Clif Morcom, from the popular First Edition Junior Badminton Club, based in Pool, Redruth and sponsored by The Redruth Charity Trust, with Chris Hailey, as its chairman, have both been instrumental in the Girls' phenomenal development and success.
In addition, the Moore and Polglase families are indebted to Jo. Philp, the Cornwall number one badminton lady, in respect of her advice and the games, played at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, over the past year.
Furthermore, Badminton, on the Camborne Science College campus, under the direction of Kath Wotton, nee Giles, together with the Sports Department staff, is seen to be thriving, with membership in excess of forty, with Kellen and Amy being among the representative players. for the inter-college matches.
Kellen competes at the BADMINTON England “Nationals”, in Bristol:
Saturday March 19, saw Kellen taking up an invitation to compete in the prestigious “Nationals”, for the Girls’ Singles under-13 age group. held at the University of The West of England (UWE), Bristol.
Whilst flying the flag, proudly, for the Duchy, she gave a very good account of herself, in defeating an England “Gold” Girl, Katriona Clegg, from Yorkshire, 23/25, 21/12, 21/15, before putting up a gritty performance against an England International, going down, valiantly, 21/12, 21/15.
Four Cornwall “Closed” Under-13 / Under-15 Titles, in one season:
MIss Moore, has also had representative outings for the CYB Under-15 squad and, this season she has also lifted the Cornwall singles and doubles events, at both under-13 and under-15 level, the level doubles whilst teaming up with Amy Polglase, on each occasion.
Next season, Kellen steps up the “Ladder” to the under 15’s - familiar territory, to the young lady - and the status-quo - with even more success, with the plaudits rolling in - very much on the cards. Well done Kellen, on a most memorable season.
Meanwhile, Miss Polgase, who spent five years training with the Swallows of Helton Gym Club, Nationally renowned – which shows through in her sublime natural movement, poise and balance on the court – with the exodus of the older Girls to the Under-15 group, will start off in September, 2011, as the 7th best under-13 Girl, in England – some achievement, keep up the good work and training, Amy.
On the Weekend of April 9/10 and May 7/8, the young ladies were on their travels, once more, accompanied by proud Mums, Lesley Moore and Carole, Polglase, when they competed in the South West of England “Open” and “Closed” Badminton Under-13 and Under-15 singles and doubles, at Torbay, South Devon, with yet more silverware harvested for the home journey.
Senior County No. 1 challenge, within three years, seems a certainty:
Finally, the writer, John Tresidder, is certain, that by the 2014/2015 campaign, both Kellen and Amy will be challenging to reach the Cornwall Ladies’ singles number one berth, currently held by 18-year-old, Jo Philp (Port Isaac) and, allied to their development, they will also be bidding for places in the Cornwall First Team’s squad, as well.
* In respect of the 2011/2012 season, Kellen and Amy are looking for sponsorship and any Cornish company interested, is asked to contact in the first instance:
Mr. Clif Morcom, Badminton Coach, tel: (01209) - 213 851.
Alan Williams, Badminton Administrator/Coach, tel: 01209 - 712 626..