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Equal winnings for women sports champions

It's fair pay and fair play at this year's English National Badminton Championships

Published on January 19th 2009.

Equal winnings for women sports champions

If defending Badminton champion Elizabeth Cann takes the women's singles title at the 2009 English National Badminton Championships at the Velodrome, she will scoop the same prize money as the men's singles champion for the first time.

She picked up a cheque for £800 when she won her third singles title last year. But if she retains her crown on 1 February, she will enjoy a £400 pay rise.

A record £12,000 prize fund is on offer at the 2009 championships, running from 30 January-1 February, with the singles champions both winning £1,200, the runners-up £600 and the losing semi-finalists £300 each.

As well as the women’s singles, the women’s doubles and mixed doubles also receive prize money boosts.

Competition director, Chris Miller, said: “Since the change to the scoring system, the men and women now play to the same points, which provides an exciting opportunity to raise not only the prize money, but also the profile of the events and players involved.

“I’m sure the increase in prize money will please the players, who train and play hard to make it to Manchester, and will hopefully create some added rivalry and competition for the championships. The old argument that the women's singles was shorter no longer applies, and the players deserve parity when it comes to prize money, so they are now playing for the same reward as the men's singles stars.”

More than 120 players from 30 counties are expected to contest the five titles at the 2009 championships.

The English National Championships take place from Friday 30 January until Sunday 1 February. Tickets are now on sale with early-booking prices starting at £5.40 and rising to £9 for finals day. To buy tickets go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk or phone them on 0844 847 1552 to make credit card purchases (There are concessions for BADMINTON England members, under 16s and senior citizens).

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