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Badminton: Daniel Font of Mold scoops third consecutive Welsh junior title

DANIEL Font has secured his third consecutive Welsh junior badminton title at Deeside Leisure Centre.

The Mold 18-year-old, who claimed the senior Welsh title in 2011, enjoyed a great weekend on home turf as he completed his hat-trick with victory in the under 19s Yonex Welsh Junior National Badminton Championships.

His glory came at the expense of Torfaen’s unseeded Michael Kinnear as Font won 21-13, 21-15 in a high quality final.

Font was not content with becoming a three-time individual junior champion however.

He and long-term playing partner Oliver Gwilt of Welshpool claimed the doubles crown by beating Swansea’s Rob John and partner Rhys Thomas, defeating them in straight sets 21-7 21-15.

Twice U19s mixed doubles winners Font and Jordan Hart then retained their title again, seeing off Rob John and Cardiff’s Ellen Mahenthiralingam.

The under 15s saw south east Wales pair Tsung Fong Mo and Matthew Pritchard win the boys’ doubles final by defeating Flintshire’s Scott Oates and Torfaen’s James Ellaway 21-14 21-6.

In the girls doubles unseeded south east pair Katie Whiteman and Gean Sou Mo triumphed over Welshpool’s Emilie Gwilt and Castell Alun’s Amy Jukes in a closely fought final 21-16 21-17.

Deeside’s Andrew Oates was unable to take home advantage in the U13s.

He faced Monmouthshire’s Tomos Whiteman and lost 21-13, 21-8 in the final.

Katie Whiteman won a closely fought singles final against top seed Amy Jukes, saving six game points in the second game to win 21-18, 23-21.

Tomos Whiteman and James Morris doubled up to take the boys’ doubles title from Andrew Oates and Conwy’s Joe Cottrill while girls doubles pair Whiteman and Jukes had few problems en-route to taking the title beating West Wales’ Niharika Singh and Cardiff’s Rhea Hemmadi.

Both seeded pairs made it through to the final of the mixed doubles and resulted in brother and sister pairing Tomos and Katie Whiteman comfortably defeating Andrew Oates and Amy Jukes 21-12 21-17.

Wales Badminton chief executive Eddie O’Neill said: “The warm hospitality of the North Wales parents and volunteers, lots of great games and a relaxed atmosphere ensured that each day was welcoming and hotly anticipated.

“To those who came away with multiple titles, very well done and to those who missed out, reflect and learn, your turn will come if you want it to.”