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Cumbrian badminton star named in Commonwealth Games team

Lauren Smith Credit: PA

Lauren Smith, from Carlisle, has been chosen to compete in the Commonwealth Games this coming April, in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Team England today named a full complement of ten badminton players to represent the nation.

They will travel to Australia with royal backing, after members of the squad recently enjoyed a private invitation with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace.

Brampton athlete targets Commonwealth Games

Devota Nyakyoma, 20, from Brampton, has set her sights on competing for her country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But it hasn't been an easy ride for Devota - she was born in Tanzania, and orphaned at a young age.

Gregory Hoare went to meet her:



Samantha Kinghorn finishes fifth in 1500 metre final

Samantha Kinghorn won a gold medal at the 2013 Sainsbury?s School Games at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Credit: PA

There was disappointment last night for Borders wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn who came fifth in the T54 1500 metre final.

The 18-year-old, from Gordon, qualified for the race after coming third in Tuesday's heat.

The gold medal went to the Australian racer Angela Ballard.

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