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TWO NEW AGE CATEGORIES INTRODUCED

This year’s Junior National Championships saw the introduction of the European approved age categories, U13, U15, U17 and U19.

This meant that two new age categories U15 and U17 replaced the U16.

Games were spread over 9 days throughout the month of November, where 40 badminton players took up the challenge to grab the top spots.

This season brought around newly crowned champions, with the likes of Owen Grech and Yanika Polidano U19 Singles Category.

One must remark that Owen nailed the Triple Crown (winning all 3 events) partnering Matthew Abela and Paula Gambin, whilst Yanika also managed to lay her hands on her first U19 Junior National title at the tender age of 14, making her the youngest winner in this Event. The Gambin sisters also took home their first Junior National Titles in the doubles and mixed doubles events.

In the U17 age category, Matthew Abela stood out in this Age category following his doubles’ partners’ footsteps by also claiming his Triple Crown partnered by his younger brother Mark in the boys’ doubles and Martina Vella in the mixed doubles. In the Girls’ Events, Sarah Fava bagged two titles, the Girls’ Singles and Girls’ Doubles teamed up with Cheryl Gilford.

Matthew Galea ensured his U15 Junior National Championship stays home, and managed to win the Boys’ Singles title. Whilst in the Doubles event it was Sam Cassar who managed to bag 2 titles, teaming up with Mark Abela, in the Boys’ Doubles and with Cheryl Gilford in the Mixed Doubles. Sarah Fava, registered her 2nd Junior National Championship title in the Singles & Girls’ Doubles event, partnered again with Cheryl Gilford.

The U13 age category likewise saw new champions being crowned. In the Boys’ Singles event, Isaac Axisa ensured his hands were on the title he closely lost last year, whilst in the Girls’ Singles event, Lauren Sciberras managed to take home her first Junior National Title. In the Boys’ Doubles event, newly partnered pair, Jordan Abela/Jeremy Dimech, captured this year’s title.

During the presentation ceremony, which was held during a party organised by Badminton Malta, trophies and medals were presented together with the most promising players’ U15 awards which were presented to Sam Cassar and Michaela Ellul.

U19
Boys’ Singles Winner: Owen Grech
Girls’ Singles Winner: Yanika Polidano
Boys’ Doubles Winner: Matthew Abela/Owen Grech
Girls’ Doubles Winner: Maria Angela Gambin/Paula Gambin
Mixed Doubles Winner: Owen Grech/Paula Gambin

U17
Boys’ Singles Winner: Matthew Abela
Girls’ Singles Winner: Sarah Fava
Boys’ Doubles Winner: Mark Abela/Matthew Abela
Girls’ Doubles Winner: Sarah Fava/Cheryl Gilford
Mixed Doubles Winner: Matthew Abela/Martina Vella

U15
Boys’ Singles Winner: Matthew Galea
Girls’ Singles Winner: Sarah Fava
Boys’ Doubles Winner: Mark Abela/Sam Cassar
Girls’ Doubles Winner: Sarah Fava/Cheryl Gilford
Mixed Doubles Winner: Sam Cassar/Cheryl Gilford

U13
Boys’ Singles Winner: Neil Axisa
Girls’ Singles Winner: Lauren Sciberras
Boys’ Doubles Winner: Jordan Abela/Jeremy Dimech
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