VETERAN Bridlington badminton player Paul Robinson has been picked for Yorkshire over 45s.
Firstly, he will represent Yorkshire in the county veteran event held in Hatfield in Hertfordshire on January 12 and 13.
Then comes a Roses battle against Lancashire in Hull in February, followed by a match against Cumbria the following week.
Robinson said “I feel very proud to represent my county at the age of 46.
“I have played county level at junior and senior level so to complete the treble at veteran level is fantastic.
“And to play in such a big event as the ICC event in January against players who I played with or against in my junior days will be great.
“Players like Jim Teale, who is the National over 45 badminton champion and plays for Hertfordshire, and Mark Golds of Cheshire who is the European champion.It will be great to compete against them again.
“I played with Teale at junior level from 12 to 17 years of age.
“At 46 I am not as fit and fast as I was when I was 25, even though I think I’m pretty fit for a bloke my age.
“Every season I set myself goals. This season it was to stay up in Division Two of the Yorkshire league for Bridlington and to play some matches for my county.
“I have achieved the latter, and even though it is going to be very hard to stay in Division Two, because the standard is very good and players are somewhat younger than our team, we will give it our best shot and we’re enjoying competing against great players and it’s such a good experience for the team.
“I hope some of the younger players will read this article and it will inspire them to play for their county because to represent the White Rose is a very proud moment for any player.
“My formula for lasting this long, playing at a high standard, is dedication, determination, and keeping fit and having great people around me such as my wife who plays as well and is so supportive.
“I have brilliant teammates, past and present. Me and Nigel Fell have partnered each other for 30 years in men’s doubles and I have made so many friends playing badminton.
“I realise the niggles are going to get more frequent as I get older and my recovery from playing a tough match is not as quick as it was when I was younger.
“But my main asset is still my will to win and my never-say-die attitude and my attacking style of playing badminton.
“And simply I love the game of badminton and seeing other people enjoy and get better at badminton also pleases me very much.”