It has been a busy few weeks for badminton in the highlands and islands region. Here we bring you an update on some of the things that have been going on.
The young sports leaders from Golspie High School finally completed the second half of their Badminton Basics Award. They completed the first part of the course in February but had to wait until April to finish their course after their original second session was cancelled during the 'Beast from the East' weather event.
There was another Badminton Basics Award course held over the weekend in Caithness at the Wick High School venue. 14 happy but tired candidates completed the award.
Over 60 players too part in a festival of badminton that was held in Lochaber High School on Saturday 21st. From 10am to 4pm, three competitions were contested including a primary school tournament, a secondary school tournament and an adults tournament. We are very grateful to Bridgette Thomas from active Schools Fort William for gathering the school kids and to Kenny Mann and Rosie McIntyre for rallying the adults. The numbers were further swelled thanks to visitors from Barra badminton club, Mull badminton club and Portree badminton club. Barra and Mull continued their weekend of badminton by arranging a friendly with Oban, before catching their respective ferries home.
(just some of those who took part)
There was success for the Barrie sisters from Inverness City at the weekend with Sophie winning ladies doubles and finishing runner up in the singles in the Midlothian RSL under 15’s in Edinburgh and sister Abi claiming 2 runner up medals at the Lanarkshire Under 11’s, in singles and girls doubles.
Shetland enjoyed a clean sweep at the all the junior inter counties and manged to beat Orkney in the senior event, although unfortunately they did have to admit defeat against Caithness away from home this season. All to play for next year!
(Some of the Shetland prize winners enjoying their end of season presentations this weekend before starting their preparations for the Island Games)
Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles will now enjoy a short rest period before their preparations begin for the Island Games in Gibraltar next year.