January

Three Medal Haul at the U17 Redbridge Gold

Calum Flockhart and Callum Smith enjoyed an enterprising weekend after scooping a combined three medals at the U17 Gold Redbridge competition.

That included an impressive boys’ singles gold for Flockhart, coming through his group stage with a flawless record before making the most of his form in the latter stages.

First overcoming Reuben Bodman 21-6 21-13, he then had a final against Sankalp Ramanan to look forward to, victorious 21-11 21-12, dropping just one game in the competition – in his first knockout match against Daniel Mcmillan.

But that was not his only success of the weekend, joining up with Smith to take silver in the boys’ doubles – the first time they had played together since winning the U11 Scottish nationals title.

The pair had been on good form in Redbridge, including overcoming top seeds Toby Leung and Akhil Pillai 21-17 17-21 21-18 in an on-court classic in the semi-finals.

But the gold medal proved just a step too far, missing out to second seeds Alex Green and Tom Soderstrom in straight games.

Smith also took to the court for the Gold Star boys’ singles, winning two of his three pool games though he was unable to progress.

That was not the end of his competition however, teaming up with England’s Elizabeth Hambling in the U17 mixed doubles to take bronze after missing out in the semi-finals.