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www.badmintonscotland.org.uk November 2013 25 IN THE NEWS


Newfacesand some established recruits


Gordon ’n Graeme


hit the gold trail FORMER international players Gordon Thomson and Graeme Smith both struck badminton gold at theWorld Police and Fire Games, hosted in Belfast in August. The Games is one of the largest multi-


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sporting events in the world, featuring 7,000 competitors across 56 sports at 41 venues with 3,500 volunteers. In the men’s 18-29 age group singles


Gordon won silver, just losing out in the final to Yao-Ting Fang from Chinese Taipei and in the 30-39 event Graeme won gold, over- coming a player fromMalaysia. They later teamed up to win gold in the


ICING ON THE CAKES FOR HEATHER GOLDEN BOYS: Gordon Thomson and


men’s doubles 18-29 category, bringing two gold and one silver back to Scotland.Well done, keep the flag flying.


Graeme Smith with theirmedals


EDINBURGH’S HeatherMacPherson celebrated her 18th birthday on the first day of the Scottish Under 19 National Championships at Ravenscraig where she claimed two titles in doubles with sister Julie and mixed with Adam Hall. Her popularity was there to be


seen when she received not one but two cakes in celebration of her birthday – one in the shape of a badminton court baked by Robbie’s mum Karen Paterson and a shuttle cake handmade by her mixed partner Adam Hall. Plenty of cake eating by spectators all weekend.


HAPPY DAY FOR TWO YOUNG COUPLES The incumbent to theWest of Scotland post


needs little introduction to the badminton community. Former Scottish National men’s doubles champion Jamie Neill (above) will join the team on November 11. Jamie has responsibility for five local


authority areas - East Dunbartonshire,West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. The focus is to join the pathway from school-club and to develop the coaching workforce. Jamie brings a wealth of experience from his days in Lanarkshire and we feel confident that he will quickly make his mark in this new area. With the departure of FraserMichie for a full-


time post at Strathclyde University, two part-time officers have also joined the organisation for short-term support in the approach to the Scottish Open Grand Prix. Jamie Taylor, 22, has just graduated from the


University of Strathclyde with an honours degree in Sport and Physical Activity. His job at BADMINTONscotland is extremely


wide ranging, including helping to advertise the Scottish Open Grand Prix, organising primary schools coaching blocks, working with Universities to increase affiliations, promoting the use of the newly refurbished Cockburn Centre to the local community and developing social media. Graeme Smith has joined the team to work


MANY congratulations to BADMINTONscotland Events and Communications Officer Peter Dean and Jeanette Anderson, who were married in the romantic setting of Rosslea Hall Hotel in the picturesque village of Rhu in Loch Lomond on Saturday, August 24. They were married outside in fantastic weather.


CONGRATULATIONS toMark and Shona McKay on the August 27 birth of their daughter Sophie, who weighed in at 8lb 9oz. I’ve already been informed that she has already developed her daddy’s boom- boom smash!


with local clubs and groups in the run-up to the Scottish Open Grand Prix. As a level 2 coach and qualified tutor, Graeme has been heavily involved in the delivery of Badminton Basics and Carnival training to students at local colleges. Graeme will be working with Jamie on


increasing daytime usage of the Cockburn Centre, with a number of exciting new initiatives starting in the New Year.





By DAWNMIDDLETON Coaching & DevelopmentManager


BADMINTONscotland is now part of the sportscotland Regional Sporting Partnerships in Tayside & Fife and theWest of Scotland. This is an exciting new development for us and will enable us to serve our clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers in a much more targeted and focused manner. In August Jane Russell (below) was appointed as


Regional Development Officer for Tayside & Fife. Jane joined us from Fife Council, where she worked in Community Sport and Recreation. With a strong tennis background, Jane has also


been heavily involved in badminton over the years. She holds a UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification and is part of our tutor workforce. Jane has a captivating passion for badminton and a drive to make things happen. Since taking up her post on August 19, Jane has made great strides in growing local partnerships in the area.We look forward to reporting on her progress in future magazines.


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