Badminton Europe honours Christine Black


BADMINTONscotland former President Christine Black was honoured at Badminton Europe's 5th Gala Awards dinner in Prague on Saturday.

Christine, a stalwart of seniors badminton, received her Senior Player of the Year award at a glittering celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of BADMINTON Europe.

Christine has enjoyed World and European success as a senior player, especially with current BADMINTONscotland President Dan Travers in mixed doubles. Her senior career, of course, followed on from a highly successful international career when she represented Scotland more than 50 times and won a mixed doubles bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

She was also Scotland's badminton team manager at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and most recently her services to the sport earned her the British Empire Medal.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, was in Prague to see Christine receive her award and said today: "It was richly deserved. She is totally committed to badminton, a sport she has served and loved since she was 12 years old, and long may that involvement continue."

Selected other award winners:

Lars Uhre and Kenneth Jonassen: Coach of the year

Toma Junior Popov: Young player of the year

Danish men’s team: Male player of the year (for winning the Thomas Cup Final)

Carolina Marin: Female player of the year

Nora Perry MBE: 5th member of the BEC Hall of Fame

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