Photos/Video: Island Games Badminton Matches

July 22, 2013

Teams from eleven different islands took part in the badminton competition at the 2013 NatWest Island Games, with all matches taking place at the BHS gymnasium.

Badminton takes its name from Badminton House – home of the Duke of Beaufort in the English county of Gloucestershire.

In 1873, the Duke is credited with bringing a version of the game – Poona – back from India and introducing it to his guests. In 1877 the first set of written rules were devised by the newly formed Bath Badminton Club.

Divisions contested include women’s and men’s single, women’s and men’s doubles, mixed doubles and the team event, in which Bermuda placed 4th.

Guernsey won 7 medals, Isle of Man and Faroe Islands won 4 each, Menorca won 2 and Greenland won 1. Other islands in the field were Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Gotland, Isle of Wight, and St. Helena.

Bermuda vs Greenland on July 17:

Bermuda was represented in badminton by Dianne Blais, Solveigo Cailliere, Emma Calow, Rowena Cespedes, Rick Dorush, Mark Haugen, Danial Hughes, Loan Khalil, Rohan Pai, and Michael Palmer.

The 2013 NatWest Island Games officially concluded on Friday [July 19] after one week of competition that saw over 1,000 athletes from 22 islands compete in 14 different sports.

The official medal table shows Bermuda in second place with an impressive total of 76 medals – 27 gold, 18 silver and 31 bronze.

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We have extensive coverage of the Island Games, with photo galleries available here, videos available here and all our Island Games coverage can be seen by clicking here.

The slideshow below contains 20+ photos of men’s doubles final:

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