Proud Eyemouth badminton player Robbie Patterson is the new Scottish U14 champion after lifting the title at Perth last weekend.
Robbie, who is a pupil at Eyemouth High School, came through victorious in three matches to qualify for the semi finals, where he faced fellow Scottish U15s squad member, Glen Lewington. Robbie won this match 23-25, 21-16, 21-13.
In the final Robbie met fellow Scotland Development U15s squad member and doubles partner, Calum Atterbury (Stewarts Melville). This was the fourth time the pair had met in a final this season but with some high quality play Robbie took control and won the first 21-16.
The second was won by Calum 11-21. One game each the deciding third game was fiercely played out .Robbie was trailing 16-20 at one stage and was staring defeat in the face, but with a strong mindset and some fantastic badminton he fought back and won a nail-biter 22-20.
Robbie said “I still can’t believe I managed to come back from 16-20 to win the game and I’m very proud to be taking the trophy back to Eyemouth High School.”
Robbie trains with The Scotland U15s squad three times a week at Edinburgh and fortnightly on a Saturday at The National Badminton Academy at Glasgow. On top of this he attends strength and conditioning training once a week with Bruce Miller at Puttonmill. This has been provided by the Borders Athlete Support Programme which has been a great asset to helping Robbie achieve these results.
Robbie also competed alongside Lizzy Edmondson to try to secure a place in the mixed doubles final. The Eyemouth pair, playing together for the first time, reached the semi-finals where they played the number one seeds, Whillans and Morgan, but narrowly missed out on a place in the final losing 21-14, 12-21, 21-19.
Other local players who competed in the event were: Kathryn Myatt (Eyemouth High School), Lynsey & Fraser Young (Kelso High School), Rachel Scott, Leona Rhind (Duns High School) Annabel Young, David McLeish, Hamish McKenzie (Peebles High School).
The season is now nearly at a close but Robbie has one more tournament to look forward to. He has been selected by Badminton Scotland, along with Callum Smith from Greenlaw (U11s) to play in the Olve Junior International Badminton Tournament in Belgium over the Easter weekend.
Robbie is very excited about going to Belgium and looking forward to facing players from all over Europe.
Lynn Young, the Borders Coaching Convenor said: ‘’This is a great achievement, not only for Robbie and his family but for all the Border coaches and players as it shows us all that you can reach the top if you work hard , even if you come from a small area with not many resources.
“Robbie has worked very hard for this, training 6/7 times per week, as well as doing his school work and we are delighted for him.”