Early exit for duo at national championships
SARAH and Hannah Preece represented Crediton's Queen's Badminton Club at the English National Badminton Championships in Manchester.
The pair were a unlucky to be drawn against second seeds Lauren Smith and Gabby White in the first round where they were beaten.
Smith and White, who regularly represent England, went on to win the tournament
Nick Masson, chairman of Queen's Badminton Club said: "We are very excited that two of our players were accepted to play in the English National Championships this year.
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"It is a great achievement for them to be able to take part and it is a tribute to the hard work they put into their training all year round."
The next major events will be the national age group championships which take place over the next couple of months.
Hannah will be travelling to Milton Keynes for the under-19 nationals in April.
Queen's Lloyd Skinner completed an impressive four-title haul at the North Devon Open Tournament at Barnstaple Leisure Centre, winning two singles and doubles events. Skinner beat Alex Moir in the final of the boys' under-13 singles event, before the two adversaries paired up to lift the doubles crown.
Skinner then entered the under-15s event and lifted the title to become champion over two age groups, before partnering Bronya Pike to victory in the mixed doubles final.
Pike followed that up by winning the ladies' under-15s singles and doubles titles.
Not to be out done by their teammates, Jamie Dawe and Callum Parker won the boys' doubles final to complete a clean sweep for the club.