Para-Badminton display brings the 2017 Conference to a close
23 July 2017
After a great first day at the Conference, participants were back to see what was in store in both the on and off court sessions.
First up was former European Medallist and BWF Para-Badminton Expert Lyndon Williams who invited coaches and members into the lecture theatre where he was talking about various aspects of Para-Badminton. He explained about the different types of classes and how he came to coaching Para-Badminton. He was also preparing everyone for the on court Para-Badminton display that they would be having later in the morning. While this was going on John Quinn took the juvenile players for an on court session in the main hall where they were working hard with tough multi-feed routines.
All of the coaches and members then took to court for the Para-Badminton display. Andy Stewart in the mean time gave the players a lecture on the mental side of badminton and what that entails. Lyndon Williams led the on court Para section assisted by some of Ireland's top players including, Laura Lee Jenkins, Stephen Halpin, Andrew Moorcroft and Chris Stewart. The participants got to play with some of the Para-Badminton athletes and understand how the players trained. There was also a number of wheelchairs in the hall where people could try out playing badminton in them. This was something many people had never tried before and they really enjoyed this experience.
"What a thoroughly enjoyable and educational two days. Great content and a very receptive crowd. Really pleased to have been part of the 2017 Badminton Ireland Coaches Conference." - Lyndon Williams (BWF Para-Badminton).
After lunch Badminton Ireland development officer Fiach Andrews got to talk to the participants about some of the ideas being put in place to improve and develop badminton around the country. It was an informative session where everyone engaged well with the material and content put forward. Everyone was then led back into the hall for the last section of the day.
Andy Stewart then took everyone onto court to launch the Pink 'Teicnic' Badminton Level. The level was not being assessed but everyone had a chance to try some of the shots and experience some of the more difficult ideas being put in front of them. We would like to thank Lyndon Williams and Andy Stewart for travelling over to the Conference as well as the Para-Badminton players who attending throughout the weekend. Having them on court was a valuable experience for everyone that took part.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Badminton Ireland Conference 2018!
For all of the photos from the weekend, you can click on this link.