Reigate's Sophie Palacci takes double silver in district badminton tournament

Rising Reigate badminton star Sophie Palacci has bagged two silver medals in the sport in a hotly-contested district tournament.

Sophie, 14, who goes to Dunnottar School, competed in the Crawley District Junior Tournament at the K2 Stadium in Crawley at the weekend, and won silver medals for girls’ singles and girls’ doubles in the Under 15 age group.

Sophie, who is a member of Albury Junior Badminton Club, has been training every week with the Surrey squad, and has represented them in matches against Sussex and Hertfordshire. Her mum, Kirsty, said: “Sophie has continued to train hard this season and her hard work has paid off.”

Elaine Pieters, head of Physical Education at Dunottar School, said: “Sophie has all the qualities of an elite athlete. “Her progress in badminton is testament to her dedication and enjoyment of the sport. We are very proud of her achievements so far.”

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