The 2018 European Senior Championships saw each player from Gloucestershire pick up a medal of some colour over the weekend. The sole Gold medal came from Rebecca Panttaney partnering Yorkshire`s Alex Marritt in the Mixed Doubles Over 35 Category. They cam through their final on Sunday in straight games against the Number 1 seeds from Germany 21-17, 21-18 to take the gold. The other final with local interest on the last day of competition was the Mixed Doubles Over 45 category between Nick Ponting/Julie Bradbury and Carsten Loesch/Dorte Steenberg. In an extremely tight game the English pair had to settle for silver as they were just edged out 21-19 in the deciding set.
Elsewhere the were plenty of Bronze Medalsshared amongst the team. Linda Pearcy and Mandy Joiner lost out in the Semi Finals of the Over 50 Women’s Doubles narrowly being beaten 21-18, 24-22 to the number one seeds and eventual winners. Phil Richardson picked up a Bronze with partner Jackie Hurst in the Over 60 Mixed Doubles also losing out to the eventual winners this time from Scotland.
Pantaney added a couple of Bronze Medals in singles and doubles to add to her Gold whilst Nick Ponting also picked up a Bronze medal in the Over 35 Mens Doubles playing two age groups below his true age.
A big congratulations to all of the Gloucestershire players and their partners on yet another successful medal haul from a European Senior Championships.