Lothian Group Successes 2016/17

With the busy international programme that many of our players now participate in, it has become increasingly difficult to determine where one season ends and another begins. This report covers the period up to the end of August to reflect the 16/17 season.  As has become the norm, we have had many reasons to be proud of the achievements of Lothian badminton players from junior through to ‘masters’ level. While I have tried to summarise the most notable ones within this report, I am sure there will be many other noteworthy achievements which would also have been worthy of inclusion and apologise in advance to anyone whose achievements have not been recorded.

During the season, the following players all won National titles at different levels.

Scottish National Champions:

Men’s doubles – Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh (Kinross)

Women’s doubles – Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell (Beith)

Junior National Champions:

U11 Boys’ Singles – Ben Riddle

U11 Boys’ Doubles – Ben Riddle and Karan Shah (Glasgow)

U13 Girls’ Singles – Lois Turnbull

U13 Mixed Doubles – Hamish McCallister and Lois Turnbull

U17 Girls’ Doubles – Rachel Andrew and Rachel Cameron

 

Scottish Schools Champions:

Primary Boys’ Singles – Finlay Jack

Primary Girls’ Doubles – Hannah Carlyle and Ishbel McCallister

U14 Girls’ Doubles – Jess Rae and Lois Turnbull

U14 Mixed Doubles – Ben Richmond and Aafreen Khan

U16 Boys’ Singles – Alastair Campbell

U16 Girls’ Doubles – Rachel Andrew and Rachel Maclean

U19 Boys’ Doubles – Calum Atterbury and Ewan Mathieson

Scottish Masters National Champions:

Over 35 Men’s Singles – Craig Lamb

Over 50 Men’s Doubles – Ross Gladwin & Steve Thomson (Stonehaven)

Over 55 Mixed Doubles – Christine Black & Dan Travers (Perth)

Over 60 Mixed Doubles – Margaret Robertson & Andy Muirhead (Stranraer) 

Scottish Masters International Champions:

Over 40 Men’s Doubles – Craig Lamb & Mark Mackay (Thurso)

Over 50 Men’s Doubles – Ross Gladwin & Steve Thomson (Stonehaven)

Over 60 Mixed Doubles – Christine Black & Dan Travers (Perth)

We also were delighted to see many of our players awarded international honours during the season:

Full Internationals:

European Mixed Team Championships – Martin Campbell, Matthew Carder and Julie MacPherson

Sudirman Cup – Martin Campbell and Julie MacPherson

Junior Internationals:

Under 15 Home Countries Quadrangular –Eilidh McCallister

Masters Internationals:

Robert McCoig Veterans International – Colin Campbell, Ross Gladwin, Craig Lamb, Christine Black, Jill Gladwin Grieg and Margaret Robertson.

Round up

Once again, the two Rachels (Andrew and Cameron) have excelled in junior international competitions. In the Yonex France Under 17 championships, they reached the semi finals of the girls’ doubles with Rachel Andrew going one stage further by reaching the final of the mixed doubles with Adam Pringle (Giffnock). In the Olve JOT under 17 tournament, the girls reached were runners up in the girls’ doubles and this time Rachel Andrew and Adam were victorious in the final of the mixed doubles. The girls were also extremely successful in the Estonian Junior U17 tournament with Rachel Cameron winning the singles and Rachel Andrew again winning the mixed doubles with Adam Pringle.

Rachel and Adam also recently won the mixed doubles at the Babolat French U17 International then reached the final of the mixed doubles at the Irish U19 Open.