Saturday 12 May 2012


THE 96TH ALL-ENGLAND Seniors "Open" Badminton Championships were staged at the BADMINTON England National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes, from: April 19 - 22, writes John Tresidder.

Bob Bell, a member of the Tecans Badminton Club, based at Pool Community School, near Redruth, in partnership with Janet Fletcher, from Derbyshire, lifted the Mixed Doubles Event, where they accounted for the holders, Christian Hansen and Gitte Rasmussen, from Denmark.

This was Bob's fourth title in the prestigious Chmapionships and the success comes on top of him being awarded numerous. England International Veterans Caps, to date, as well as being bestowed with the supreme honour of captaining the Rest of Europe Vets v Denmark, in the past.

Players from fourteen countries, as far afield as Malaysia and Canada, were represented, with 320 competitors, in total competing over the four days of the competition.

Bob, a retired Science Teacher, who is also a playing member of the Cornwall County Senior 2nd Team commented:

"It was a fantastic Event and I was delighted to register my 4th All England Seniors Title, this time in tandem with Janet Fletcher.

"In addition my Club, Tecans, has experienced a great deal of success for this 2011/2012 season, winning the West Cornwall Badminton League's Combination, Mixed and Men's Divisions.

"These successes would have made our Tecans Founder and Club Secretary, the Late Pat Hollands, MBE, who passed away in 2010, a very proud Lady, indeed."

Lynda Beer, another Cornwall County player, had a tough draw in the All-England with her O50 partner, Yorkshire's Carl Sadler However, the combination out-pointed a Singapore pair, but went down, valiantly to a German seeded pair.

Preparations underway for Sofia, in Autumn:

Bob's next Tournament is the European Seniors' Championships, scheduled for September, 2012, in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he has been selected to play International O60 Men's Level Doubles and Mixed Doubles, with Lynda chosen to play in the O50 Ladies' Team in the same Event.

Bob Bell continued: "In the last Europeans, held in Ireland, in 2010, I was awarded silver and bronze medals and would like to win a gold, this time around - my keeping fingers crossed."

Bob and Lynda - well done, from the Cornwall County Badminton Association. Have a relaxing Summer and best wishes for the circuit training, in preparation for Sofia.

The Jubilant All-England, 2012, Seniors "Open", Mixed Doubles Champions, Derbyshire's Janet Fletcher and Bob Bell (Cornwall), pictured at the Badminton England National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes, in April.