February

Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Championships

Scotland led the way at Scotstoun over the weekend, taking 15 titles at the Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Championships.

Five Scots left Glasgow with two trophies to their name as Grant Hunter, Dean Bernard, James McNeil, Colin Leslie and Mary Wilson each doubled up.

With the tournament back at Scotstoun after five years on Motherwell’s Ravencraig courts, half of the 31 events were won by home players – with the others split between English and Welsh shuttlers.

Almost 30 volunteers and officials worked over the three-day event to ensure a smooth-running tournament with Scottish players bettering the 13 wins from 28 events that they recorded in 2017.

Around 80 players fought out the competition over four categories, with learning disability (LD), wheelchair, standing and SS6 events contested.

In a strong LD men’s singles draw, that saw six divisions played, there were home wins for Michael McCraw, McNeil, Bernard and Daniel McCleary – with England’s Stephen Stead and John Hooper taking the other wins.

Those wins for McNeil and Bernard were one of two for the pair, with the duo joining forces to take home the LD men’s doubles Division 3.

Hunter was another to add two titles to his collection, winning the LD men’s doubles Division 1 alongside James Pert, before doing the same in the mixed contest with Diane Gillan.

Pert and Hunter’s win was an all-Scottish affair as they beat Kevin Dobson and McCraw 21-15 21-14.

Dobson did get a title, though, partnering Linzi Finnigan to the LD mixed doubles Division 2 title, where they beat Scotland’s Murrie Robertson and England’s Dee Weiner 21-16 21-15 in the final.

Away from the LD events, Leslie won the Standing men’s singles SL3 before teaming up with Wilson in the Standing mixed doubles to overcome fellow Scots David Purdie and Laura Halil 21-14 21-11 in the final.

And Wilson was not done there, also winning the Standing women’s singles with a win over Halil.

Another all-Scottish final saw David Adie and Joseph McLaughlin take home the LD men’s doubles Division 4 title after they downed Alistair Daniels and McCleary 22-20 21-19 in a tense final.

Scotland’s other wins saw Emma Stewart beat Hazel Irvine in the LD women’s singles Division 3, while Bobby Laing took the SS6 men’s singles and Fiona Christie was victorious in the Wheelchair singles.

Away from the home wins, Jack Wilson took victory for Wales – beating England’s James Binnie to the Standing men’s singles SL4 & SL5 event.

The pair then teamed up to great effect in the Standing men’s doubles, beating Leslie and Purdie 21-12 21-8 in the final.

The other victories all went England’s way, with Poppy Usher winning both the LD women’s singles Division 4 and the women’s doubles – in the same category – with Danni Smith.

And Usher was not the only English player to record two victories, with Katie O’Neill winning doubles titles in Division 3 of both the mixed and women’s doubles – alongside Neil Brayford and Catherine Carson, respectively.

Hazel Johnson also got two wins in the weekend, winning the LD women’s doubles Division 1 with Emily Eyre before adding the LD women’s singles Division 1 title with a win over compatriot Samantha Monk.

The remaining LD doubles titles went to Josh Gratton and Luke Wainwright in the men’s Division 2, while Joey Courchene and Vicky Iles took the Division 4 mixed title, Daniel Kent and Danny Taylor were victorious in the mixed Division 5 and Ben Fairhurst and Lewis Haywood took home the men’s Division 5 trophy.

The weekend’s remaining winner saw Dee Weiner defeat O’Neill in the LD women’s singles Division 2, winning 19-21 21-19 21-13. Dee also won the LD Women's Doubles Division 2 with Nikki Welch.

Complete results available here