Bad­minton clas­sic a hit at qualia

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


LAST Satur­day qualia on Hamil­ton Is­land was trans­formed and be­came the set­ting for the in­au­gu­ral qualia Bad­minton Clas­sic.

It was a bad­minton tour­na­ment with a dif­fer­ence as it took on an old school theme, styled by the ta­lented Kara Rosen­lund, who was re­cently named the ‘Mod­ern Day Martha Stewart’ by UK Elle Dec­o­ra­tion.

The game was played with clas­sic old wooden bad­minton rack­ets, play­ers came dressed in their bad­minton bests, and re­fresh­ments con­sisted of Charles Hei­d­sieck Cham­pagne Rose Re­serve, lob­ster rolls and chicken sand­wiches.

An ar­ray of en­graved tro­phies were up for grabs with in­ter­na­tional guests, in­ter­state guests and lo­cal is­land res­i­dents all com­pet­ing in friendly games that un­wit­tingly took on a com­pet­i­tive edge.

Tro­phies were awarded for best dressed, which suit­ably went to stylish Mel­bourne cou­ple Josh Elias and Anas­ta­sia Starzyn­ski, the most en­thu­si­as­tic player award went to renowned Syd­ney artist James Gor­don and Nuala Har­vey from UK Sun­day Times Travel Mag­a­zine and her travel com­pan­ion Diane Wray won the award for jet­set play­ers with the most in­ter­na­tional flare.

The tro­phy for the tour­na­ment over­all win­ners went to Hamil­ton Is­land’s very own Denny-Lyn Dixon and Katie Cahill. Other ac­co­lades on the day went to Hamil­ton Is­land res­i­dent and em­ployee Nick Chap­man for hon­ourable um­pir­ing, the best and fairest award went to Tom Ed­wards also an em­ployee of the is­land, Natalie Hayl­lar from pop­u­lar blog, eatreadlove was awarded best in pho­tos and Mr Per­son­al­ity on the court went to John Noble from the Aus­tralian Cham­pagne Bureau.

In celebration of the in­au­gu­ral event Noble was fit­tingly re­spon­si­ble for pop­ping the cork and fill­ing the cham­pagne foun­tain with flow­ing cham­pagne.

Dates for the 2014 qualia Bad­minton Clas­sic are still to be an­nounced.

BAD­MINTON BUD­DIES: Last Satur­day qualia’s he­li­pad hosted the in­au­gu­ral qualia Bad­minton Clas­sic. Stand­ing: Nick Chap­man, Diane Wray, So­phie Baker, James Gor­don, Nuala Har­vey, John Noble, Natalie Hayl­lar, Josh Elias, Anas­ta­sia Starzyn­ski, El­iz­a­beth Bash­ford, Kara Rosen­lund and Tom Ed­wards. Kneel­ing at front: Denny-Lyn Dixon and Katie Cahill.

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