Badminton star Pedersen is able to Finnish with a hat-trick at International Junior Championships
PUBLISHED: 10:13 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 30 October 2014
Angus Pedersen won a hat-trick of titles at the Finnish International Junior Championships.
Pedersen, who lives in Rhodes Avenue in Wood Green and attended Alexandra Park School, only dropped three games during his 15 matches in Espoo en route to collecting the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles titles at the weekend.
“I’ve never won three titles nationally, so to do it at an international standard was amazing,” he said.
“It’s the first international I’ve been able to go to in a year, so it’s really satisfying to be able to play in international tournaments again and do well.”
Pedersen recently received a Trendell Sports Scholarship at the University of Bath, without which he wouldn’t have been able to go to Finland to compete in the event.
The young star took on some of the best junior badminton players in Europe, not dropping a single set along the way with his men’s doubles partner Matthew Widdicombe and his mixed doubles partner, Russian Ekaterina Kut.
Pedersen’s toughest tests came in the singles, where he was up against stiff opposition from Portugal and Sweden, but still came away as the victor.
“It’s pretty special to not drop a set in the doubles tournament so I guess I just have to work on my singles,” he said.
Coach Pete Bush said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to win an international competition like this.
“Angus has only recently joined us, so to settle into a new programme and win at such a high level is great.”