Our Scottish veterans are in full swing at the European Senior Masters and are giving a very good account of themselves!
After a four-year break, the European Senior Championships are back, taking place from 7 – 13 August in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The championships have been held every two years, since 1995 and are specifically for players over the age of 35 who play in their selected age group to determine the best veteran badminton players in Europe.
The event is organised by splitting players into nine age groups, separated with a five-year gap between them (from 35+ to 75+). Each group plays five events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with the 75+ group playing three events – men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
Achievements and updates
Frances McClure on her veterans debut had a terrific start in her ladies doubles beating the second seeds.
Sam Johnson, on his European debut, has had the spectators on the edge of their seats but managed to battle through two really tough three setters to set up a clash in the quarter finals with top seed Jan-Eric Antonssen in the quarterfinals.
We would also like to highlight the special achievements of other players who are through to the quarter finals:
- Mark McKay, Aileen Travers, Dan Travers in their respective singles age groups.
- Frances McClure, Lynne Campbell, Mark Mackay, Alan Macmillan, Gordon and Graham Keith, Ross Gladwin, Dan Travers and Christine Black in level doubles.
- Dan Travers and Christine Black in the mixed doubles.
- Christine Black has secured the first medal winning her singles quarter final today and is now through to the semi-finals on Friday.
Everyone at Badminton Scotland would like to wish all of our players the very best of luck and make a special mention to the travelling family members, especially Sophie and Katie (Mark and Shona Mackay’s children) whose cheer and support has been amazing.
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