Joel Findlay’s long wait for a national badminton title is over.
The Ballarat 25-year-old broke through in the men’s doubles at the Australian Closed Championships in Geelong.
He teamed up with fellow Victorian Luke Chong to secure the championship.
“This means a fair bit,” Findlay said.
In a big weekend, Findlay was also part of the Victorian team to take out the time-honoured mixed interstate challenge, the Ede Clendinnen Shield.
Findlay also combined with Chong in the men’s doubles in this event as Victoria’s number one team edged out South Australia for the title.
Findlay and Chong went into the closed championships as the number one seed.
Findlay said after being runner-up in Geraldton last year, they were determined to make amends.
They defeated Victorian teammates Rizwan Azman and Anthony Chang. Chong in the final 21-14 21-15 – needing just 25 minutes.
Findlay and Chong had a bye in the opening round of 32, defeated Billy Cheung and Simon Leung in the second round, Ballarat’s Nathan David and Hoe Keat Oon in a quarter-final, and Athi Selladurai and Eric Vuong in a semi-final.