January

Peter Hardie awarded the British Empire Medal

A Scottish badminton volunteer who has given more than 40 years of service to the sport has become a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Duns coach Peter Hardie was rewarded for work with sport and young people, with his unpaid efforts in both badminton and tennis already spanning more than four decades.

The 70-year-old is far from done there either, continuing to inspire the next generation of Scottish talent in both Duns and the surrounding area.

Working tirelessly in his field, Peter has initiated hundreds if not thousands of children into the sport throughout his longstanding role, with his enthusiasm and love for the game infectious in players at every level.

His influence has also seen him take part with Scottish selections, though his heart has always remained with badminton at a grassroots level.

Indeed his work at a grassroots level was recognised in 2012 by Badminton Scotland when he was presented with the Donella Crawford Memorial Award for his work coaching juniors.

Badminton Scotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: "Peter Hardie is one of badminton's many unsung heroes, without whom the sport simply couldn't function in the way it does.

"This is richly deserved recognition for Peter's longstanding dedication to sport and young people in the borders region."