He’s only been playing the sport for 18 months – but Preston schoolboy Tom Usher is already becoming a winner on the badminton court.
In that short time, the talented 11-year-old from Tarleton has represented his county and lifted major tournament trophies.
He has won the West Midlands Under-13s Open singles tournament and, last year, won the boys’ doubles in Liverpool and was runner-up in the singles.
Sponsored by Preston-based architecture and design practice the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), Usher’s future ambition is to one day represent his country in the Olympics.
He is a member of Mawdesley Badminton Club and his proud dad Paul said: “Tom is really dedicated and has made fantastic progress in the short time he has been playing.
“He trains twice a week at the Badminton Performance Centres in Kirkby and Bolton and just loves the sport. We’d like to thank FWP for their backing and support for Tom – it really is appreciated and will help cover the cost of things such as travelling to tournaments.”
FWP managing partner David Robinson added: “Tom is tremendously talented and we believe he has a fantastic career ahead of him.
“He has only been involved in the sport for a short while and is already playing for Lancashire and doing well in open tournaments throughout the country.
“FWP has a history of supporting young local sporting hopefuls as they aim to achieve their dreams and it is something we take great pride and enjoyment in. We look forward to seeing Tom progress as a sportsman on the badminton court.”
FWP’s past support for local youth sport has included the sponsorship of Gallica – Lancashire’s elite squad of young swimmers. And the practice is also a sponsor of the Preston Sports Awards 2012.