Danish Racketlon King (Administration Division) a.k.a FIR President Kresten Hougaard, has announced his ambitious plans for the 2016 World Teams & Doubles Championships (28th - 31st July 2016). Kresten wishes to expand the Amateur competition and encourage multiple teams from all nations at the championships which will be held in Copenhagen in late July. This is one area (of many…) where UK Racketlon have always been leading the way, with England B winning the inaugural Amateur division in 2013. In both 2014 and 2015 we have sent over three open teams with England C debuting with a 10th place finish in 2014 and Great Britain III finishing 6th in the European Championships last November in Prague.
A hearty chunk of Team GB in Prague 2015. Could it include you in Copenhagen 2016?
We are delighted that the FIR are encouraging the development of the Amateur category within Team Championships, however it is important in the opinion of UK Racketlon to preserve the privilege of representing Team GB. Very soon the National Team selectors, (Dan Busby, Ray Jordan, Richard Middleton & Duncan Stahl with consultation also with Keith Lesser) will be beginning their deliberations over possible squads including determining our final number of squads for the World Teams. These squads will include Elite, several Amateur teams, O45s, O55s, U16s & U21s. For all players interested in playing for Team GB the starting point is to boost your ranking, best achieved with regular play. Certainly, when tight decisions are made on selection, the recent playing record will be crucial. Regionally the Yorkshire Open (13th March) and West of England Open (Bath, 10th April) are open for entries. However, two big tournaments in May will likely prove crucial in the selectors deliberations, the English Open (Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May) and the British Championships (14th & 15th May), with both singles and doubles performance likely to feature in the selectors considerations. Entry for these events is open now and we would strongly recommend that all players hoping for international honours enter these events. Selection decisions will be made after the British Championships! If you are in need of doubles partners then enter as partner wanted and let us know, we will do our best to ensure people are matched up with potential playing partners. Ask any of us fortunate enough to have played in the international events before, they are a great experience and a source of immense personal pride to represent your country, and 2016 represents a great opportunity to earn that right!