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14th March 2012

Isabelle is a national success

Notts has a budding new star in ten-year-old Isabelle Thorpe, from Retford.

Thorpe, a pupil at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, entered the U11 Nationals, in Hertfordshire, and came back with two medals.

She was third in the singles and took silver in the doubles with Hope Warner (Leicestershire).

"Izzy started playing badminton at the age of six, following in her brother Edward's footsteps," said proud mum Christine.

"She began playing tournaments at the age of seven and soon joined the Nottinghamshire County training squad.

"She is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about the sport, and trains with the U13 county squad (whenever she isn't competing), coached by Glenn Foye, Girish Ravat and Dave Goodall.

"She is also coached by ex-England international Dave Lindley at a Badminton England Performance Centre as part of a training cell. She also receives occasional one-to-one coaching from Glenn Foye."

The U11 season has now finished, but Thorpe will be working hard ahead of the U12 opens, in April and May, in York, Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Meanwhile, brother Edward, 13, is part of the Elizabethan High School KS3 badminton team, who have come second in the national schools' competition for the last two years.

Article courtesy of Nottingham Post

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