Harry is hungry for more after England U15 success

Harry Huang has got his sights set on the very top. Picture (c) James Alexander Lyon
Harry Huang has got his sights set on the very top. Picture (c) James Alexander Lyon

Bedford badminton ace Harry Huang insists he now has the taste for international stardom after shining for England Under-15s.

Last month Huang was in fine form at the U15 Langenfield Cup in Germany, not dropping a game as he claimed both the singles and doubles titles.

The 14-year-old achieved the latter alongside Rory Easton having beaten his England team-mate in the singles final.

But Huang is not about to stop there and is already eyeing up more international trips, with his sights set on a trip to Denmark next month before travelling to Russia in February.

And the Wootton Upper School pupil is champing at the bit to test himself against more of his international rivals.

“Things have been going really well at the moment and in Germany I won both the singles and doubles titles which was great,” Huang said.

“I was excited to do well but it is these European age group competitions where you come up against the best athletes from around the world.

“I won both finals in straight sets too so I played really well and it has given me loads of confidence for future tournaments. I am going to Denmark soon and then there is another European tournament in Russia next year which would be great to get to.

“I am gaining confidence all the time and hopefully I can keep performing well and move up the rankings.”

Huang was speaking at an SSE Next Generation workshop in Reading, where the teenager got the chance to speak to employees of the company that support him.

And he insisted it was nice to give something back to those who have helped him reach such heady heights in his career so far.

“It was really good to do the SSE Next Generation workshop as it feels like you have a chance to give back,” Huang added.

“It was nice to chat to those who support you and answer some of their questions and they get to know you and you get to know them a bit better.

“It is building an understanding and hopefully it will help me get better and better.”

Next Generation programme partners with SportsAid to provide financial support and training to the sports stars of the future.

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