Triple World Champion Rachel Choong, winner of 3 Gold Medals at the 2015 para-badminton championships was in Cambridge to participate in the the first Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Badminton. At the Festival Rachel took part in a mixed ability charity match with Elizabeth Cann, two-time medallist at the Commonwealth Games; Daniel Lee, para-badminton England team member; and John Willis, CEO of Power2Inspire.

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John and the badminton stars! From left: Daniel Lee, Rachel Choong, John Willis, Elizabeth Cann.

 

John Willis, is on a mission to promote inclusion through sport. In the lead up to Rio 2016 John is undertaking all of the Olympic and Paralympic sports as part of Power2Inspire’s Road2Rio challenge. Money raised from the challenge will go to creating more opportunities for inclusive sport, regardless of age, body type or disability.

The Festival of Inclusive Badminton offered members of the public an opportunity to participate in inclusive badminton, and to see some of the Country’s top players and coaches in action.

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A team photo with everyone that took part!

The event was jointly organised by Power2Inspire and CADMUS, the Cambridge Adult Disability Multi-Sports Club and attracted over 100 visitors. The event was also attended by the Cllr Robert Dryden, the Mayor of Cambridge City; Derek Batchelor, Chairman of Badminton England; along with the high profile coaches and players from the world of badminton and para-badminton.

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Special guests included Derek Batchelor, the Chairman of Badminton England (second from the left); and the Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge (Right).

We would like to thank everyone that came along, took part, or even watched. It was a fantastic day, that really showcased the full potential of inclusive sport.