THREE prominent Scottish badminton figures shared the limelight last night at the Glasgow Sports Person of the Year Awards.
Rising star Christopher Grimley, 2016 Yonex Scottish National champion Matthew Carder and long-time tournament official and badminton organiser Jim McCulloch were among the sporting figures honoured.
Christopher won the Evening Times Young Sportsperson of the Year award while Matthew was runner-up to athlete Laura Muir for the Student Athlete of the Year award sponsored by Strathclyde University.
Jim took the runners-up spot in the Lifetime Achievement category for his many years of dedicated service to his sport.
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “I am delighted for all three of them.
“Christopher is already making his mark in the game as he prepares for the big jump from junior to senior level while Matthew followed up his 2016 Yonex Scottish National title triumph by winning the Slovakia title last autumn.
“As for Jim, we all know the commitment he puts into organising and running badminton events, big and small – and he will be doing so again when the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 comes to Glasgow in August.
“All three are an inspiration for those wanting to get involved in badminton either as a player or an official.”
Christopher’s award is the reflection of his progress in the last 12 months. He won the bronze medal at the European Under 17 Championships and it could have been more but for injury forcing him out of the semi-finals.
At the Estonia Juniors Christopher defeated twin brother Matthew in the singles final then teamed up with him to take the doubles title.
At senior level he and Matthew reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the recent Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth - the day before their 17th birthday.
Matthew Carder won his first senior National title last February and finished runner-up for the third time in Perth just over two weeks ago.
His big impact on the international circuit came when he won the Yonex Slovak Open last September as he heads towards a place in the world’s top 100 men’s singles players.
Jim McCulloch started playing badminton when he was 14 and is still playing. He is also highly involved in running and administering badminton clubs, events and initiatives at local, regional, national, international and World level.
In his early 20s, Jim became treasurer for Hotspur club, a position he still holds today. Jim has been Tournament Convener of the Glasgow and District Churches Badminton Association since 2006, and organises all the Association’s tournaments and events. He has also been treasurer of the Churches Association since 1973, Secretary since 1995, and he was President of the Association from 1984-1986.
Jim has also run the junior club at Springfield Cambridge Church for the last 20 years.
He is also highly involved at a national and international level and is part of the key personnel team for the Scottish Open Grand Prix. Jim has been responsible for running match control at every major event staged by BADMINTONscotland since 1993, including National, International and World Championships, and is also responsible for practice scheduling and shuttle control.
He worked as a line judge at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, is a regular volunteer at the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships, and also serves on the BADMINTONscotland Halls Committee. Jim has also recently undertaken work to modernise the entry system for many Scottish tournaments, allowing online entry for competitors.
Most recently Jim held a key volunteering role, as Umpire Co-Ordinator during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.