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Grace King

Grace King.

The 15-year-old badminton player, from Quarndon and a member of the Derbyshire Performance Centre, is on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) programme, winning a silver medal with Team England at the Eight Nations Championships and a bronze medal at the Under-17s National Championships.

Grace says: "In 2015 I won national tournaments in singles, mixed and doubles and helped England to achieve a silver medal at the Eight Nations Championships, competing as number one ladies singles player.

"In singles I reached the quarter-finals at the Under-19 National Championships and the semi-finals at the Under-17 National Championships. I won Under-17 Derbyshire County Championships in singles, mixed and doubles.

"Following injury in March 2015, I am currently hoping by January 2016 to be back competing both nationally and internationally for England.

"My aims are to continue to progress both technically and physically competing in the UK and abroad and challenging the top European players.

"I am grateful to ICON for supporting the cost of my training. This really is a big help with coaching and travel costs."