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Rebekka Findlay 41Turn the clock back 12 months. Someone tells Rebekka Findlay that she has been included in Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games. Her reply? “Don’t be so daft.”

But it wasn’t so crazy after all. With just a month to go, the 20-year-old from Erskine has been measured for her uniform and is ready to add her name to a rare list of Scottish badminton players who have competed in a home Games.

Understandably, she is a very happy bunny. “I’m over the moon,” she said. “This time last year I never ever have believed I would be in the team.”

There has been a tinge of disappointment with a BADMINTONscotland appeal to have her included in the individual events having been knocked back.  

Rebekka Findlay 41Turn the clock back 12 months. Someone tells Rebekka Findlay that she has been included in Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games. Her reply? “Don’t be so daft.”

But it wasn’t so crazy after all. With just a month to go, the 20-year-old from Erskine has been measured for her uniform and is ready to add her name to a rare list of Scottish badminton players who have competed in a home Games.

Understandably, she is a very happy bunny. “I’m over the moon,” she said. “This time last year I never ever have believed I would be in the team.”

There has been a tinge of disappointment with a Badmintonscotland appeal to have her included in the individual events having been knocked back.  

“It would have been nice,” she conceded. “But I’m just thrilled to be in the team and I think it is going to be a wonderful experience.”

Rebekka’s journey to The Emirates Arena for Glasgow 2014 began many years ago at Rashielea Primary School. “The janitor, Mr Dawar, was keen on badminton and loads of people at the school started to play,” she explained. “I then joined a club in Linwood, started winning and it went from there.”

Keen to make badminton a big part of her life, Rebekka applied to the Glasgow School of Sport, and made it onto the programme.

And while badminton is the main focus, she continues to study and mixes training with a degree in Sports Science at the West of Scotland University based in Hamilton.

“At times, it is difficult combining the two,” she said. “But, with some good planning, it works out.”Elspeth

This season, Rebekka has teamed up on court with Caitlin Pringle and she earned her first Scottish caps – three in all – at the European Championships.

At the Scottish Under-21 Championships, Rebekka won the singles and the women’s doubles with Caitlin.

“After the Games, we want to keep playing together and try and raise our world ranking. I’ll probably concentrate more on doubles,” she surmised.

But, for now, she’s just looking forward to the Games opening ceremony on July 23 and then all that will follow over the 11 days of competition.

Her younger sister, 17-year-old Sarah, is another badminton talent and her supporters will include her Gran, her parents, aunties and uncles. In fact, the full Findlay clan will be at The Emirates to witness a very proud family moment. 

By Elspeth Burnside.

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