Doubles success for Greenlaw badminton player

Callum Smith picked up a gold and a bronze in Nottingham.
Callum Smith picked up a gold and a bronze in Nottingham.

Greenlaw badminton player Callum Smith won doubles gold and bronze at the Under-13 Nottingham Gold event at University of Nottingham.

Alongside Glasgow playing partner Kenneth Cheung, the Scottish pair won gold without dropping a set over two days.

Smith and Cheung came through their group by beating the top seeds.

In the final, the young Scots were to strong for Devon’s Alex Green and Akhill Pillai of Essex, winning 21-17, 21-13.

In the singles, Smith won two out of his three pool matches, beating the 11th and the 5th ranked players in England.

But he came up short against the No 1 seed in a close three-set game.

Smith picked up his second medal of the weekend in the mixed doubles, taking bronze with Alice Campbell from Glasgow.

The mixed is straight knock event, and Smith and Campbell came through the early rounds without too much trouble, taking out the third seeds in the quarter-finals.

But they were beaten in the semi-final by the No 1 seeds and eventual winners Christian Mitchell from Oxfordshire and Kiara Henry from Warwickshire.

Scotland coach Julie Hogg said: “It was a sterling performance from all the Scotland players and I congratulate them on their efforts.”

Callum would like to thank his sponsors Berwickshire Sports council, Roland Bowland Trust and Ashaway for their support.