Yes, we have 2 WA state teams for the Under 15s competition this year.
This is a first for WA. Instead of sending a regional team, it has been decided to send 2 state teams.
The First team comprises of the following: Kim Rodgers as Coach. Kim coached the silver winning team in 2011. Hopefully he can bring us gold this time.
Eric Low: Manager. Eric has also been coaching some of the players prior to their selection and will be a great asset in assisting Kim on the coaching side.
Kai Chen is captain. This is his 2nd time in the Under 15s team. He won the boys doubles last year with Xiang and the team bronze. Can he bring in the triple crown again like Xiang last year? Kai Chen also got a bronze this year in the Under 19s state team. Good luck to him.
SunYee and Milain are in their first ever state team. They are rising stars in the state badminton scene but need to continue to work hard to achieve their potential.
Bella, our dear Bella. This is her first Under 15s. She was in the Under 17s team last year that made history with their first ever Bronze medal. She also got bronze in this year's Under 19s team. She will do well I am sure in the Under 15s competition.
Geri May has won bronze in her last Under 15s team event. She also got gold for her mixed doubles with Xiang. She was in the recent bronze winning Under 17 and Under 19s competition.
Louise Bradford was also in the Under 15s team last year that got bronze. Her experience will help the team to go further this year.
The 2nd team has Sok Teoh going as coach this time. He was the manager of last year's Bronze Under 15s team. To say that Sok Teoh is dedicated to badminton will be an understatement. His experience will help the 2nd team.
Nicolas Els is the Umpire. I believe he is from Geraldton. Phyllis Jupp is the manager and I also believe she is from Geraldton.
The boys are Jason Lee as captain and Rupert Kang and William Klein forming the rest of the team. I believe this is their first ever state team and wish all of them the best.
Likewise, we have Katie Zhang and Erin Els forming the team for the girls in their first state team. Good luck and learn from the experience.
Hopefully the team can send me updates so that I can post them on the blog. It looks like it will be an exciting event with WA having their first double team.