Consistency keeps Shevin at top of game

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Badminton Southland player Shevin Shedden (15), of Invercargill took out the U19 boys singles title at the Southland-Otago U15 and U19 competition on Saturday.

CONSISTENCY is key for Southland-Otago under-19 Badminton singles title winner Shevin Shedden.

The James Hargest College pupil said he had a “tough game” against sporting rival Josh Forrester (16) on Saturday at the Southland-Otago U15 and U19 competition, held at Badminton Southland in Invercargill.

However, he put his success down to “keeping consistent”.

“We’ve been playing against each other for years… keeping aware of his smash [was the biggest challenge].

“It was pretty tough but it gave me a good run.”

Hard work and a lot of training also earned him the U17 title two weeks ago.

Four years ago, he was introduced to the sport by a friend and soon after joined the Southland Masters Badminton Club.

Climbing the ranks meant he had gained a spot on the club’s senior team.

“I plan to keep playing in the future and work my way up to the top.”

Next month, he was set to compete at the Neale Cup tournament in Dunedin with top players from Otago, Canterbury and Southland, as well as at the Mainland Championships in Christchurch.

Southland Masters Badminton Club president Larissa McMillan said about 16 players took part in the tournament at the weekend, with lower numbers than expected due to Covid-19 uncertainty and the “condensed year”.

“Apart from that, everyone’s enjoyed some great games and there’s been some fantastic sportsmanship.”

Southland Girls’ High School pupil Claudia Smith (18) also continued dominant form in the girls’ draw at the event, and repeated a triple crown in the U19 events, she said.

“Impressively, this is Claudia’s fourth triple crown across the Southland Junior Badminton Events (U15, U17 & U19), McMillan said.

“She will also represent Southland at Neale Cup, along with Shevin, and her sisters Ella and Zoe Smith.”

Smith was currently the club’s junior head coach, however, she was in her final year at school and had plans to move to Otago next year.

“We hope she will continue to represent Southland as a senior player.”

The next Southland-based tournament, the 2020 Southland Masters Badminton Open, would be held at Badminton Southland in Invercargill on September 12.

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