Close fought final at Badminton championships: the annual Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association (FSSAA) Badminton championships took place in April and with the kind cooperation of the section's chairman, CFO Barry O'Donnell, returned to Sheffield for the third successive year. (Sport).

I am pleased to report that we had our highest attendance for many years, with more than 50 competitors turning out. This was the best turnout since the late 80s and early 90s, and almost caused problems for the organisers with the amount of court time booked.

In the men's singles event it was pleasing to see the return after several years' absence of Andy Carter (Staffordshire). Andy had been undefeated at the championships, winning the singles title for four successive years before several bad injuries prevented him from playing.

He soon showed that he had lost none of his ability to make the game look too easy, with his languid style giving the appearance of having more time than most to play his shots--a true sign of a class act. …

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