Paula chalks up a Parabadminton gold medal hat-trick

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MANSFIELD wheelchair badminton star Paula Robinson (pictured left) eased her Paralympics heartache by winning a hat-trick of gold medals at the Four Nations ParaBadminton Championships at Stokee Mandevile Stadium, Aylesbury.

Although gutted that the sport has not been included for London 2012, Paula turned on the style in the Four Nations.

After taking the wheelchair ladies’ singles 21-15, 21-9 over Nottingham Blazer’s club-mate Bernadette O’Driscoll, Robinson then secured the wheelchair ladies’ doubles, partnered by Erica Vey (Herts), as they beat O’Driscoll and Katherine Last (Devon) 21-13, 21-15.

Robinson completed her hat-trick as she and fellow Notts partner Owen Kilburn took the wheelchair mixed doubles crown with a 21-16, 21-19 victory over Denny Vettom and Sharon Jones-Barnes.

Paula said: “Great thanks goes to the Armchair Club for funding the England Leg of the competition for me. If it wasn’t for their kindness I wouldn’t have won my hat-trick of gold medals. I only hope Mansfield and Nottinghamshire are proud of me.

“Last year, I participated in the handover of the Paralympic Torch, from Beijing to London at Hackney Town Hall).

“I also demonstrated the sport of wheelchair badminton. All this was towards Parabadminton becoming a Paralympic Sport.

“But, bitterly disappointingly parabadminton was not chosen to be one of the 22 events. Hopefully, with continued support, parabadminton will be in the 2020 Games.

“Parabadminton competitors all around the world need sponsorship to attend the many events, that go towards making Parabadminton a Paralympic Event, for current sports people and for future sports people.

“Your support for local sports people is urgently needed. If anyone could either sponsor me, or fund just £10 towards a tank of petrol to get to an event, that would be fabulous and most gratefully received.”