Beach pairs progress at the Commonwealth Youth Games
20th July 2017
Today (Thursday) sees the start of the knockout action at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, with both of England’s beach pairs in action.
The girls’ pair of Ellie Austin and Yasmin Kaashoek recovered from an opening 2-0 defeat to Australia to progress from their qualifying group, courtesy of a thumping 21-5, 21-7 win over the Bahamas.
In the boys’ event, Javier and Joaquin Bello had the honour of taking part in the first match of the competition. In fact, they were the first Team England athletes in action across the entirety of the Games. They duly dispatched New Zealand 2-0 before returning to the court just hours later to repeat the feat, beating Jamaica 21-11, 21-13.
Javier expressed the pair’s satisfaction with the early win, saying: “It was good to get the competition underway with a win and I’m sure that will put us on a good footing for the forthcoming matches.”
Joaquin added: “The serve worked really well for us today. There was great support for England in the crowd and that helped us in the crucial moments.”
In a twist of scheduling fate, both pairs are due on court for their quarter-final matches at 09:40 local time (14:40 UK time). Ellie and Yas will be up against New Zealand while Javier and Joaquin take on South Africa. With the Bello twins also turning 17 today, it could be a day for multiple celebrations.