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For those of you who know me or have read my Banana Chat way back will know that Badminton plays a big part in my life. After weekend competing last weekend, in the County league finals for Essex I woke up very achey on Monday morning and switched on the BBC news just in time for the sport and was it true the BBC actually headlined the sport section with the great news that Chris and Gabby Adcock had retained their European Mixed Doubles Badminton title in Huelva, Spain. They beat Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen 21-18, 17-21, 21-18 to become the first English pair to retain their title in 32 years.
Chris and Gabby Adcock first met on the junior county scene and started to play together from when they were 14. In 2011 they won a silver medal at the World Championships. Despite their success they were split up before the 2012 London Olympics and Chris was paired with Scot Imogen Bankier. Unfortunately Chris and Imogen failed to get out of their box and it was back to the drawing board and the old partnership of Chris and Gabby White as she was then, was rectified.
Chris and Gabby were married in 2013 and success first came in 2014 at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when the pair took the gold medal. Success continued with them taking a bronze World Championship medal in 2017 as well as the European gold in the same year. 2018 has got off to a great start for the couple with them firstly retaining their Commonwealth gold medal and then last weekend retaining their European title.
They both say that being married helps them with their performance and enables them to focus on their game. They say that they have the same goals and objectives and can work together to achieve them. They say that knowing each other inside out and having 100% trust in each other is the perfect recipe for success. They know how hard they have to train and feel that being married has helped them deal with all aspects of the game.
Great news both on and off court and Banana Crumble would like to wish Chris and Gabby all the best for the future and lets hope for many more medals!! Especially the gold ones! How great to see Badminton headlining!!