Badminton player Carl Baxter back to serve up Pete praise
BADMINTON Former England number one Carl Baxter returned to the University of Bath last week to thank the coach who set him on the road to international success.
Baxter, who announced his top-level retirement earlier this year, first began training with Pete Bush when he moved from Canada to start a coach education and sports development degree.
He went on to win team bronze with England at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, as well as men's singles titles at the Croatia Open in 2007 – the year he graduated with first-class honours – and the 2011 Canada Open.
"I'd like to say a special thank you to Pete, who has both coached and mentored me since the day I moved over in 2003," said Baxter, who works in the sport and entertainment department of global insurance and consulting company Aon.
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"Without his help in the early years, I would have achieved nothing later on. I went from being 17 and pretty average to getting a place on Badminton England's performance programme."
To thank him for his support, Baxter presented one of his Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games playing shirts to Bush.
"Carl always said he'd come back to Bath and for one final training session at the end of his career and it was great to see him," said Bush.
"He was always very self-motivated. He had that drive to achieve and that's why he has been so successful. Many younger athletes could learn from his self- motivation."
Baxter, who won 15 senior England caps, plans to continue training in London, while he can and play some club badminton in Germany.