December

Scottish Sports Awards 2017

BADMINTONscotland would like to congratulate the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on being named Sporting Event of the Year at the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards 2017.

The TOTAL BWF World Championships was shortlisted alongside the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open for the award, as well as the European Rugby Champions Cup Final Weekend, with the winner announced on Thursday night at Glasgow’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Exactly 20 years since it last came to Scottish soil, badminton’s most prestigious tournament returned to Glasgow in August, showcasing the world’s best shuttlers across a spectacular week of sport.

Demonstrating Glasgow’s hospitality at its finest, the championships created a sporting legacy in the city and beyond – a legacy recognised by its shortlisting for this award.

“On behalf of BADMINTONscotland I would like to congratulate the Ladies Scottish Open on being named Sporting Event of the Year,” said Anne Smillie, chief executive of BADMINTONscotland.

“While it is disappointing the TOTAL BWF World Championships did not win, we are honoured to have even been shortlisted for the award.

“It is testament to the many hours of hard work put in by players, coaches, staff and volunteers in delivering a fantastic tournament in August, and a tribute to the people of Glasgow for welcoming the badminton world with open arms.”

BADMINTONscotland president Ian Campbell added “The Total World Badminton Championships will live in the memory of those who attended as one of the great sports events.

The staging of the event and level of skill and athleticism were truly remarkable. 

Even being nominated for Sporting Event of the Year highlights the organising talents of BADMINTONscotland and the wonderful volunteers – all 450 of them – who did such a great job along with all our sponsors and supporting partners.”