November

European bronze medal for Pringle and Andrew

Junior high performance coach Diana Koleva believes this is the best year for the programme yet after Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew secured European bronze at the Under 17 European Championships in Prague.

The pair defeated Russian tenth seeds Egor Kholkin and Anastasiia Pustinskaia 21-19 21-18 to reach the semi-final and guarantee themselves a spot on the podium.

While his older siblings Ciar and Caitlin worked their way through the draw to reach the last 16 at the Scottish Open, Adam Pringle, his partner Rachel Andrew and the rest of the Scottish squad competing in Prague were busy showing that the future of Scottish badminton is in safe hands.

Pringle and Andrew competed for a place in the gold-medal match, but it was not to be as they were defeated 21-14 21-19 to top seeds Rory Easton and Hope Warner.

The English duo did not have it easy though, with the Scots competing fiercely right until the end of the second game.

And with this result following the bronze Scotland claimed in the Team Championships last week, Koleva is full of confidence for the years to come.

“It was very close, but it was a good result. We won’t be disappointed, we had chances but that’s sport,” she said.

“Someone wins and someone loses, we did play well and we’ve seen what we’ve got to work on.

“As a head coach, I can say that this is the most successful junior programme we’ve ever had in the history of Badminton Scotland.

“Every year it gets better and better, first came the team medal and now an individual one – the future is very bright.”

And Pringle was proud of the two medals he has picked up in the Czech Republic, thanking his siblings for getting behind him every step of the way.

“It was a tough match because the other pair were strong and they just played better than us today,” he explained.

“We feel extremely proud, we’ve got two medals now. My siblings were messaging me every day to wish me luck and tell me I’d played well so it was good to have that support.”

Scotland came close to another bronze when Rachel Sugden reached the women’s singles quarter-final after an impressive win over the fourth seed on Monday.

But the 16-year-old’s run was ended by Turkey’s Zehra Erdem, the 11th seed losing 21-18 21-17 after putting up an impressive fight to level things at 17-17 in the second game.

Full results at www.tournamentsoftware.com

Picture by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe