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Wizard of Oz badminton shares secrets at University of Derby

Lasse Bundgaard at the University of Derby

Lasse Bundgaard at the University of Derby

With the Commonwealth Games going to get underway, the head mentor of Australia’s badminton group invested time with games mentors from crosswise over Derbyshire at the University of Derby on Friday (July 18).

Lasse Bundgaard and his collaborator mentor Ricky Yu exhibited nearby Andy Wood, Performance Manager of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport and previous Team GB badminton head mentor, to talk about the details of the game and to take questions at a donning breakfast occasion.

The Australian national group touched base in Derby on Tuesday, July 15, for a preparation camp in front of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lasse, 40, clarified: “The day was about how things have changed in Australian badminton in the course of the most recent five years and where we are presently, as we go into the Commonwealth Games with a group that is urgently attempting to rival the top countries, furthermore about where we go from here to create badminton in Australia to be a world-class sport.

“We are here in Derby for the second time in the wake of nearing here in front of the London Olympics in 2012. We have great associations with the accomplices included in Derbyshire, including Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire Sport and the University of Derby, which were all created through our connection with Andy Wood. Working with him is an extraordinary thing for us.”

The visit was especially vital for the University since it is designing up for its first season in the new National Badminton League (NBL) with its Team Derby brand. Lasse was brimming with acclaim for the formation of the class, which will show amusements on Sky Sports.

He said: “It’s an incredible thing that a national badminton alliance has been made, which will incorporate the best British players additionally help the best British lesser players too. It’s an okay profile-raiser for the game.”

On Saturday, Lasse’s Australian group were triumphant in a presentation match against the Team GB All Stars, in which they won 5-3 from eight amusements played. Olympic silver medallists Gail Emms MBE and Nathan Robertson, and Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallist Jenny Wallwork were a piece of the British unforeseen. Lasse is sure of Australia’s chances at the Games.

He included: “I feel great in front of the Commonwealth Games and we are focusing on an award in a couple of classifications.

“The men and ladies’ pairs look great and exceptionally solid. We’re taking stock after the draw (being made today, Monday, July 21) and now go into the first amusement on Thursday (July 24). I look forward a whole lot to kicking everything off.”

Ollie Shearer, Sport Development Manager at the University of Derby, included: “The University was enchanted to welcome back the Australian group. It’s an energizing time for the game of badminton at the University given the late publication that we will be a piece of the UK’s first National Badminton League.

“The Australian group had admittance to all the administrations and offices they have to plan for the Commonwealth Games and delighted in their stay at the University.”


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