The most promising girl and boy under-12 badminton players in Northumberland were honoured recently at a presentation ceremony hosted by North Tyneside Council.
The awards were set up by a former chairman of the council in 2003, and are presented each year to the two players judged to be the most promising and to have made the most progress during the season.
The vice-chairman of the council, Coun Janet Hunter, hosted the ceremony and presented the awards to Asmita Chaudhari and George Moran, both from Newcastle.
Asmita took the award for the second time, having had another outstanding season.
She is one of the top under-11 players in England and has had several tournament successes, some of which have been against older players.
Northumberland Badminton Association has made a special presentation to North Tyneside Council in recognition of its outstanding support over the years.
Coun Hunter accepted an engraved salver, presented by Dennis Gray, chairman of the association, accompanied by Bob Pearson, president, and Norma Waterfield, county secretary, who also handed over letters of thanks to the council’s sports development team and staff at the Parks Leisure Centre.
North Tyneside Council’s support for badminton has been outstanding, and it will hopefully carry on through continued co-operation with the excellent North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, which was the first Community Badminton Network to be established in England – and which has been replicated all over the country.