Callum Smith from Greenlaw won the Scottish Schools Primary Badminton Championships at Perth on Sunday on what was a great day for the Borders.
The cup dating back to 1976 has many well known players on it including Robert Blair Scotland’s Commonwealth Game’s medal hope and Andy Bowman currently Scotland’s senior assistant national performance coach.
This is the first time a boy from the Borders has won this prestigious event and along with his brother Tyler, Callum also won the doubles event completing a clean sweep of the boys’ events for Duns Primary school.
Callum and Tyler would like to thank their sponsors Ashaway, Berwickshire Sports Council, Rowan Boland Trust and the Russell Hogg Trust.
It was a great day for the Borders players who reached no less than six of the eight finals!
A dozen young badminton players (under 12s) represented six schools and the Borders at the championships. For some it was a marathon day from 9am to 9pm not forgetting the two hour journeys to and from the venue.
Emulating Callum Smith’s success was Callum Stokes, also from Duns Primary, who the B’championships. Isaac Weir, also played in the singles reached the quarter finals.
In the girls’ singles Iona Fox (Kingsland PS), Jodie Black (Coldingham PS) and Amy Kenneally (Duns PS) all got into the A championships with only Jodie getting as far as the quarter finals.
In the Level Doubles section the Borders did even better with Jodie Black and partner Indie Lucas, also from Coldingham Primary making it to the final of the A Doubles finishign runners-up as did Iona Fox and Jessica Mitchell from Kingsland Primary in the B Championships.
The boys, however, went one better to win both doubles titles. Firstly, Duncan Crowe (Reston Primary) and Jacob Carter (Coldingham Primary) made it into the A championship sections and then Callum Smith completed his double to win the A Doubles title with his brother Tyler while Aiden Ferrier and Gavin McLaughlin from West Linton Primary took the B Championships.
All the players were amazing with both parents and coaches being immensely proud of them all. The Border Badminton group would like to thank all four local sports councils for their financial support over the year as their assistance helps towards entries into this highly prestigious event.
The final team competition of the year is in Largs in two weeks time where the players will take on teams from both Scotland and the North of England. Also several U10 players have been selected to attend a Badmitonscotland Talent ID selection day in June
The AGM occurs on Monday, May 19, at 7.30pm in the Buccleuch Hotel in St Boswells to which all coaches and people interested in being involved are welcome to attend.