Itchen's very own Steve Smith wins European Badminton bronze medal

Academy of Sport

Our very own sport & PE teacher Steve Smith recently won bronze in the European Senior Badminton Championships in Guadalajara, Spain.

Smith alongside his playing partner Sarah Burgess came third in the mixed doubles competition for ages 35-40 beating pairs from all over Europe on their way to the bronze medal.

The tournament, which ran at the end of September, sees hundreds of competitors from all over Europe compete with players ranging from the age of 35 to an over 70s tournament.

Smith, alongside Burgess, defeated couples from Germany, France and Sweden to reach the semi-finals of the competition. They then came up against German couple Felix Hoffmann, who was seeded number one, and Claudia Vogelgsang in the semis where they narrowly lost the match in three sets.

Despite the defeat, Steve achieved a bronze medal and everyone at Itchen congratulates him on his fantastic achievement!