1 March 2014, Stellenbosch. The first Shuttle Time Course in Boland, Western Cape took place on Saturday 1 March 2014 in Jamestown close to Stellenbosch. The start of autumn brought a nice cool respite after several very hot days. A small but committed group, including Sport Administrator Gary Jacobs and Educator Geoff Joseph participated in the day’s activities and soon the newly-painted courts in Stellenzicht High School will be filled with eager children playing Badminton – a legacy of the recent Danish visit. A local social club catering for older novice players will also soon be established in the community around Stellenzicht and Weber Gedenk School.
The next Shuttle Time Course in Boland is scheduled for Saturday 8 March 2014.
Both the men’s singles and men’s doubles pair of South Africa reached the final of the Uganda International, the first Africa International Tournament for 2014. The status of the Uganda Tournament was upped from Future Series to International Series with more World Ranking points up for grabs. In turn this drew a number of entries from Countries who would not normally compete in Africa and raised the standard of the competition to a higher level.
RIO Olympic Singles Hopeful and highest-ranked African player (current World Ranking of 207) Jacob Maliekal did well to reach the finals where he lost to Dinuka Karunarante from Shri Lanka ranked 110 in the world, while the men’s doubles pair of Viljoen & Malan, also trying to qualify for RIO 2016, lost to the Malaysians Chong and Yeoh in 3 thrilling sets: 14/21; 21/11; 14/21.
Youngster Michael Jennings did well by qualifying for the Main Draw and then reaching the round of 16, where he lost against Nigerian Abah