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Duo switch

Arin Kumar
Thursday, August 28, 2014

BADMINTON stars Andrea Whiteside and Gabriella Wong have switched sports in a bid to compete at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

The two have joined squash and made a start in the National Championships which began earlier this week.

Whiteside beat Wong 3-0 at the Victoria Courts on Tuesday to stake a claim for the Ladies Open title.

National Squad coach Isimeli Cerelala said he was impressed by the performance of the two and they would make his job harder.

"Making a switch from one sport to another is not easy," he said.

"Especially because our racket is heavier compared to the badminton racket but the two have adapted very well.

"They had to change their strokes and style and now they want to be part of the national side for the Pacific Games."

Meanwhile, in the men's competition, veteran Bruce Southwick is among the players that are trying to make the cut for the national side.

"We will name the national training squad for the Pacific Games on Saturday and we are looking at selecting 17 players.

"It would be a tough decision with the amount of talent on show at the National Championships."

Cerelala also said nine players from Savusavu, led by Tige Young, would also be part of the event.

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