Congresbury resident & retired Backwell School teacher, Cathy Alexander, has just returned from competing in the badminton European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Madrid. Cathy who plays for St Katherine’s Club in Pill, and her partner Penny Shears (Beaufort Badminton Club, Bristol) were representing England for the first time. The pair had to play at least four qualifying tournaments around the country – one of which had to be The Nationals or All England. The top 6 pairs were then selected to play in the Championships. Cathy & Penny got through to the quarter finals beating pairs from France, Germany, Finland and Sweden. They fought hard in the quarter final, 21-18 & 21-19, – only just losing to the No. 3 seeds from Denmark.