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2019 Holly Williams
Holly Williams

Sport

Badminton

Achievements to date

  • 2019 - Silver medal U17 European Championships
  • 2019 - Bronze medal U17 European Championships
  • 2015 - Selected to represent England

I was first introduced to Badminton at the age of six whilst playing at a local sports centre with my family. I was approached by a coach from Hildenborough Badminton Club and invited to attend their weekly session.

From there I quickly found a love for the game and continued to train hard and compete in regional circuit tournaments. Having achieved consistent success at local and county level I moved my attention to the national circuit and steadily progressed through the rankings achieving my first Singles National title at u11. Since then I have taken at least one national title at each age group National Championship Event.

I have maintained a ranking within the top 3 in the country for the past few years in both Womens & Mixed Doubles (having dropped Singles as a competitive discipline two years ago) and am currently ranked 1 nationally in both disciplines for my age group.

I have medalled in several European circuit events over the last couple of years and earlier this year took silver (Doubles) & bronze (mixed) at the Individual U17 European Championships in Poland.

I received my first selection to represent England at the U13 Danish Cup at the age of 10 and have since represented my Country throughout Europe at numerous events and still continue to do so to this day.

My aim for this coming year is to be selected one year young for the World Junior Championships in New Zealand at the start of October.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Silver medal at the U17 European Championship 2019

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Narrowly missing out on becoming the U19 national doubles champion (two years young) by two points in 3rd set.

Most respected sportsperson

An Se Young – Korea – Badminton

Ritual before sporting competition

Water bottle full / earrings in the correct ears / necklace straight / two ankle stretches on each side / wipe feet / wipe hands / pull sleeves up onto shoulder…

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  • Holly Williams (Badminton) competes in the Dutch Junior International over the next few days - good luck Holly


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  • Holly Williams (Badminton) competes in the Nottingham Senior Gold this weekend - good luck Holly


    4 days ago