A 15-year-old boy from Beverley is rising through the UK Badminton rankings and is now within touching distance of making the top 200.
Oliver Stapleton was introduced to Badminton thanks to an after-school club he attended while at Molescroft Primary School.
From attending that club, Oliver has gone onto embrace Badminton. For the past two seasons, he has represented Yorkshire as an adult and a junior player.
Oliver’s rise through the national rankings is above all incredible. Even at 15, he has been ranked as high as 27 in the U17s Singles. Representing Yorkshire, he was part of the team who secured second place in National County League.
Oliver explained more, he said;
“I started playing at Molescroft with Ian Brice when he started an after-school badminton club. This was the first time I played and since then I have been committed to playing.”
“Every Tuesday I play at Beverley Badminton Club. This is held at Beverley High School. I also play at the Hull and East Riding Performance Centre every Monday and Wednesday.”
“I always wanted to play for Yorkshire but now that I’ve done that, I would love to play for England. As for playing at the Olympics, that would be awesome.”
Oliver’s Success and Badminton goals
In such a short space of time, Oliver is enjoying a glittering career. This season he was promoted with Beverley Badminton Club to division one in the Hull & District Adult League.
Some of his highlights include winning the Nottingham Silver Tournament back in March. While in September Oliver was runner-up in the U18s Yorkshire County Championships.
It is his performances like this that are seeing Oliver climb the national rankings.
Most importantly Oliver’s current aim is to play in the Nationals next year. Besides that, he ultimately wants to represent England, who knows, maybe at the Olympics.
Currently ranked 210, it is clear this young has the potential to go all the way in the sport.
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