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Leeds Met Carnegie enjoys double success at elite badminton championships 13/11/2008

Leeds Met Carnegie’s badminton squad enjoyed double success at the recent Wimbledon National Elite Open 2008. Carnegie scholar Lim Kenn was victorious in the men’s singles whilst fellow scholar Anita Raj Kaur won the ladies singles event.

Carnegie players also made it to the finals in both the men’s and women’s double events with the rest of the squad showing strong performances in beating a number of well established national squad players.

James Vincent, Head Badminton coach at Leeds Met Carnegie said, “All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and I am very proud of all the players that competed.  We have a really exciting squad and have made considerable progress in the last twelve months.  Carnegie has definitely made a mark and emerged as a serious contender in badminton."

The Wimbledon National Elite Open is the second of three national elite tournaments which make up badminton’s elite circuit – the highest level of competition circuit in England excluding the national championships.

Malaysian Lim Kenn was successful in the men’s singles event having seen off the challenge of fellow Carnegie player, Harry Wright, in a pulsating and entertaining final which saw Kenn triumph 21-16 in the final end.

Anita Raj Kaur, also a Carnegie scholar from Malaysia, won the ladies singles event beating a former Indonesian national team player in the final. Having lost the 1st end 21-15, Anita handled the pressure in the 2nd to win 21-15, before cruising to victory in the 3rd end easily winning 21-7.

The Leeds Met Carnegie badminton squad are currently preparing for the upcoming BUCS individual championships to be held later in the month.

Leeds Met was recently named as the home of The UK Centre for Coaching Excellence in sport and disability sport.  The new centre will help coaches to develop the sporting stars of the future and will propel the UK into becoming the leading coaching nation in the world by 2016.  The Carnegie Faculty of Sport & Education is this year celebrating the college's 75th anniversary.

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