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Badminton star over the moon with new training facility

Friday, April 11, 2014    

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The Jamaica Badminton Association's (JBA's) 2013 'B' Division Rocketeer Champion Jade Clarke, says she is happy that the Spartan Health Club has now come on board with the JBA in offering the team a training facility.

"I am very overwhelmed and pleased knowing that Spartan Health Club has now come on board to help us with our physical training as it is a very good move going forward in our development as badminton players," Clarke told the Jamaica Observer.

The 18-year-old Clarke, who plays for Wolmer's Girls, said the team will now have the necessary training equipment that is expected to positively impact the players' performances.

"This is a boost for the team... and it will surely help us with fitness, speed, strength and endurance.

"We players are sometimes tired after playing, like, three or four games per day and this programme, and with the proper training, will actually make a significant improvement in our game," she said.

Clarke, who also plays for Rocketeer Badminton, has now set her sights on the Commonwealth Games later this year.

"Spartan has now opened the door to many opportunities for me, personally. This programme will certainly help me in my preparation to make the national team that will represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games. There are some very good senior players here and working out more in the gym will surely have an impact on my development as a player," she noted.

Clarke also thanked the Spartan Health Club for their overall contribution to the development of the sport over the years.

— Ruddy Allen

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