SMASH-HIT Jenny Moore is flying the flag for England at the Yonex World Junior Championships in Japan.
The 17-year-old from Chester is currently representing her country at the event in Chiba, which has brought together the best under 19s players on the planet.
Jenny was selected as part of the eight-player Team England squad – which is supported by Centre Parcs – as reward for her remarkable form last season.
She won two ‘unexpected but amazing’ national titles, medalled at the U17s European Championship in Portugal and pulled on the England jersey at countless international events.
That is not all. Her commitment and dedication to badminton and inspiring her peers through coaching in her community motivated Lloyds TSB to selecting her as one of the Olympic torchbearers prior to the London 2012 Games.
Carrying the torch through her hometown had extra significance for the Queen’s School student, as she caught the badminton bug aged nine while ‘watching my mum play at a local club in Chester.
“As soon as I was old enough I started playing and training there as well,” she added
Jenny, who has represented Cheshire throughout her career, competes in both the Chester & District and Wirral Badminton Leagues when she can.
She travels to the England Performance Training centre in Manchester up to four times a week as part of one of the strongest regional training groups in the country.
The centre’s head coach Colin Haughton said: “Jenny has been training extremely hard over the last year.
“We have been able to increase the volume and intensity of her training, with both court work and physical development.
“This has resulted in fine performances last season and, with the great news of her selection for the World Junior Championships, we seem to have kept this development going in a steady direction.”
It is Jenny’s first appearance at a World Junior Championships and her first opportunity to play in Asia, where badminton is one of the highest profile sports.
She said: “Playing in Asia for the first time will be such a great experience – especially playing in the big stadiums and competing against the top Asians.
“I am so honoured to have been selected, I’ve put in a lot of hard work, especially over the last 12 months, and I’m so happy that it has paid off.”