Tony’s got the winning formula

By Clare Newman

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

Tony’s got the winning formula

Freshwater Badminton Club winners, back, from left, Tony Isaacs, Rosie Hancock, 12, Victoria Miles, 15, Leon Pitman, 12, Emily Boynton, 18, Alfie Hancock, 15, James Phillips, 19, Penny Osman, Sam Parsloe, 17, Sophie Baggott, 17, Lucy Baggott, 15, and assistant Neil Pitman. Front, Jack Hobbins, 12, Sarah Baggott, eight, and Aaron Scott-Roberts, 11.

BADMINTON WITH more than 40 years of coaching under his belt, Tony Isaacs definitely has the winning formula for success.

Tony, 77, started Freshwater Badminton Club 44 years ago, and this year has really been rewarded with his students winning more than 50 trophies at the IW Badminton Tournament.

He was delighted with performances from the "senior county" level players, especially Lucy Baggott, Sophie Baggott, Stuart Isaacs and Emily Boynton, and from the "very promising" category, where future hopefuls Aaron Scott-Roberts, Jack Hobbins, Emily Clow and Sarah Baggott all performed well.

Tony coaches at West Wight Sports Centre three nights a week, and plays himself twice a week too, as he competes in the Over-70s County Masters League.

Tony is hoping to see his top players make the squad for next year’s NatWest Island Games in Jersey.

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