German Olympic Badminton team prepares at Leisurezone
On Tuesday 24th July, the German qualifying badminton players will arrive at Leisurezone to train with their sparring partners, to get the best possible preparation for the upcoming Olympic tournament, which begins at Wembley Arena on Saturday 28th July.
Amongst the team coming to Harlow are European champion Marc Zwiebler who will be starting in the men's singles, the World Cup third Juliane Schenk, playing in the women's singles , as well as Ingo Kindervater and Johannes Schöttler who will be appearing in men's doubles and Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels in mixed doubles.
Pat Hay, Chairman of Harlow & District Sports Trust which manages Leisurezone said ” We are delighted to welcome the German Badminton Association to Harlow Leisurezone at this exciting time and hope that their training sessions this week will put them in good stead for the challenging competition ahead. The fantastic, quality facilities at Leisurezone are ideal for Olympic athletes, though we also look forward to welcoming people of every age and ability. There is something fun and exciting here for everyone to take part in”.
Martin Kranitz, Director of Sport for the German Olympic Badminton Team, said “The reason we chose Harlow Leisurezone is simple. The training times are short in the Olympic venues and we needed a centre where we could train with sparring partners. Therefore it made sense for us to find alternative solutions. I was in London last year and looked at several centres around London. We chose Harlow because of its relative proximity to the Olympic Village and on the other hand also on the high quality of the centre.”
Councillor Paul Schroder, Harlow Council’s ambassador for the Olympics, “I am very pleased that the German Olympic Badminton team have chosen to train at Harlow Leisurezone and I wish them all the best as they prepare for the Olympics. Leisurezone is a fantastic state-of-the-art leisure centre and the town has excellent transport links to London. Together this makes Harlow an ideal place for world class athletes to train ahead of the Olympic Games.”