Player Spotlight: Isla Scott

Isla Scott is one of the upcoming Learning Disability badminton players in Scotland.

Having originally been an athlete with Pitreavie Athletic Club, Isla took up badminton 2 years ago. She was introduced to the sport by experienced coach Isa McArthur and badminton became her favourite sport.

Isla now plays 4 or 5 times a week, and is keen to broaden her badminton experience by taking part in competitions.

Initially reluctant to enter tournaments, Isa persuaded Isla to play in the Perth & Kinross Disability Badminton Open at Perth College UHI. It was a successful introduction, Isla performed well, won a medal, but more importantly started to make new friends in the disability badminton family.

Since then she has gone on to win events and take part in the UK Disability Championships. Badminton is now a very important part of her life.

Credit must go to Isla’s coach Isa McArthur, who not only saw the potential in the shy, young girl who first came along to her badminton session, but persuaded her to broaden her horizons and enter competitions.

Isla says regularly “I love badminton”, it’s not only brought her success on the court but it has changed her outlook on life, what a fantastic advert for the sport.