WORLD champion Lea Van Der Zwalmen and Chey West are among the stars of a strong entry for the British Women’s Rackets Doubles Championships at Malvern College on Sunday.
Two seasons ago, West, who is also director of sport at the college, won the British doubles crown partnering 21-year-old Van Der Zwalmen, a French international who began playing the sport at Clifton College.
This was West’s first national rackets title and she is keen to score another victory on her home courts even though she and the world champion will have different partners this time around.
They face a talented line-up of rising stars from Queen’s Club, and co-ed racket-playing schools including Cheltenham College, Clifton College and Wellington College.
Among them are the national schools junior champions Lauren Gooding and Issie Thorney Croft, of Wellington College, plus senior champions India Blake and Rose Jones, from Cheltenham College.
“I’m really encouraged to see women’s rackets thriving,” said West.
“And I am particularly proud that Malvern College is pioneering this fantastic sport.
“I’ve got really hooked on rackets and I play and train regularly on the college courts, coached by our rackets professional Noel Brett.
“I also mentor and encourage our young players and we have several talented youngsters who’ll be in action during next month’s national schools championships at Queen’s Club in London, plus an enthusiastic group of girls who are learning to play this very demanding sport and loving it.”