Scots benefit from European Para-badminton training event

Mary Wilson and Fiona Christie were among para-badminton players from across the continent to experience world-class coaching at the 2017 BEC Para Badminton Event, just in time for next week’s World Championships.

From November 9-12, Lisburn Racquets Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hosted the event, a combined training camp for both elite players and coaches.

The third event of its kind, the chairman of Scottish Disability and 4 Nations Disability Groups Lyndon Williams and BWF development manager John Shearer, along with the BWF’s Sharon Springer, delivered the coach education course to 20 participants.

Badminton Scotland legacy development officer Kaity Hall delivered the high performance players camp, alongside Ciaran Chambers and Eugene McVeigh, with 28 players from across all six classes taking part.

Training included activities both on and off the court, including speedwork, consistency, playing environment and sparring as well as match analysis.

Next week will see Scotland’s finest para-badminton stars head to Korea for the World Championships, and with a weekend of hard work under their belts, they couldn’t be more prepared for the action ahead.

“Last weekend, we had Badminton Europe’s third para-badminton coaching conference,” said Hall.

“It was a really good weekend. We had a lot of positive feedback from the participants.

“We wanted to give them a mix, because they have the World Championships in Korea next week.

“We did some speedwork and analysis, and a lot of the athletes have commented on how useful it was.

“The team are really excited for the tournament. They have been training really hard.

“They’re looking forward to hopefully getting in some good results, particularly with badminton being part of the next Paralympic programme.”