Eyemouth’s Robbie Patterson has been crowned Scottish Under-15 badminton champion by beating the top two seeds in the semi-final and final.
He won the boys’ singles title at Ravenscraig in Motherwell, while while fellow Borderer Annabel Young of West Linton won the under-15 girls’ doubles title with partner Lauren Middleton from Dundee.
The Eyemouth player had the satisfaction of defeating top seed Christopher Grimley in the semi-final of the singles in a tough two straight sets match.
He then beat second seed Matthew Grimley in a stunning two-set final 21-19 23-21.
Asked about lifting his first national title, Robbie said: “I’m very pleased although I don’t think it has sunk in yet.
“I have had a lot of support from the Borders Athlete Support Programme, Berwickshire Sports Council, Borders Badminton and my sponsors Ashaway. My family too as they take me everywhere and support me all the way. All this has made an enormous contribution to my development as a badminton player and has helped me achieve one of my personal goals.”
Patterson and partner Callum Atterbury, the second seeds, just missed out on the boys’ doubles title when Glasgow’s top seeds Christopher and Matthew Grimley won the final 18-21 21-13 21-17.
The under-15 girls’ doubles went to Young and Lauren Middleton, who defeated Sarah Sidebottom of Rothsay and Ciara Torrance of Prestwick 21-6 13-21 21-16.
The two Borderers teamed up in the mixed, but did not quite gel enough to get past the semi-final.
Young, who is also supported by the Athlete Support Programme and trains with Patterson in Tranent, added: “I was not happy with my performance in the singles and I just wanted this so badly. I can’t believe it has finally happened. I am so happy.”
Borders Badminton chair and coaching development convener Lynn Young said: “It was nailbiting stuff and you sit there playing all the shots with them. It was fun to watch their parents too as they seemed to put in just as much effort watching the games.
“This is so great for the Borders as we are much smaller than other regions and have less resources in terms of courts, hall sizes and financial backing yet we still keep producing the talented players. This is mainly down to Pete Hardie from Duns, who spots these talented players, gets them in the squads and then tirelessly coaches them to reach the national standard when they are then selected for National development squads.”