February

Alastair Wilson presented with Derrick Roarty Award

An official who has devoted nearly 50 years of his life to badminton has been recognised for his dedication by becoming the latest recipient of the Derrick Roarty Award.

Alastair Wilson first started as a line judge at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, with his work in the sport at both grassroots and elite level continuing ever since.

His efforts on and off the court were rewarded at the final day of the Scottish National Championships, being presented with his award by Badminton Scotland president Ian Campbell.

The Derrick Roarty Award is given to a coach, official or volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to badminton over a long period, aimed at those unsung heroes who may not have a high profile but work tirelessly for the sport.

And in fitting fashion, it was Roarty who first persuaded Wilson to take up his position all that time ago.

Encouraged and coached, Wilson moved into umpiring and first appeared at the Scottish Open in 1983, continuing in that role, or as umpire control, for all but one year until 2016.

His role has also seen him travel abroad, umpiring at eight Thomas & Uber Cups, as well as the World Championships and all three Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland.

He was a member of the original Badminton Umpires Association of Scotland since 1981, joining the committee two years later before serving as secretary, vice president and president well into the 2000s.

But beyond that, Wilson has more than played his part in the off-court and entertainment part of the umpire community, with few a better embodiment of this award than he.

After the presentation Alastair said: “It’s a fantastic honour to be presented with this award, in memory of Derrick Roarty, who was my mentor and instructor for linejudging and umpiring.

“It couldn’t be a better remembrance of him for me than by being awarded with this trophy.”