Ethan finished 2015 off in style as he secured the greatest victory in his junior badminton career so far winning Gold in the U13 boys singles at the Carlton Youth International, Holland, one of the biggest European events on the junior badminton calendar. Ethan played 15 matches in two days and proved by the end of it that he is now firmly regarded as one of the best young badminton players in Europe. Unseeded for the event, Ethan beat several seeds on the way to the final where he came up against the Danish no.1, Christopher Vittoriani, considered as the best young player in Europe at U13 by some margin. Although Ethan lost the first game, he came back hard in the second taking it 21-15 to level the match. In the third and final set, Ethan got off to a slow start going 11-4 down at change of ends and again went 14-7 down before finding the strength and determination to mount a fight back which saw him clinch the game and match 21-18.
Ethan should be congratulated on this unique achievement considering the expectation was that the Danish no.1 would win the event comfortably. Ethan has also received support and messages of congratulations from around Europe and the UK.
Ethan’s next badminton commitment is the IAPS Championships this Saturday 9th January where he will be representing the school, alongside George K as a doubles pair, in the competition. He will also be working towards the Olve International, Belgium in March and the National Championships in April as well as focusing on his Scholarship Exams for Stowe.
Report by Mark Usher with information from Sue Rose