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www.badmintonscotland.org.uk November 2013 29 DISABILITY


Fingers crossed on big decision


THE BWF have been working extremely hard over the last four years in their quest to include Para-Badminton in the Paralympics in 2020. The result of this work can be seen in the entry for this month’sWorld Championships in Dortmund. Six players from Scotland, including world No.1, AlanOliver as


well as Colin Leslie, Niall Jarvie, David Purdie (all SL3), Fiona Christie (WH2) and Bobby Laing (SS6), together with coach Kaity Hall, are part of a record-breaking entry of 248 players from 38 nations from all five continents.Of these there are 89 wheelchair players, 139 standing and 20 short stature. The wait for Paralympic inclusion will soon be over. The BWF


application is already with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). A meeting will take place this month followed up by a period of consultation through toMarch. The final application will be presented on July 25 with the final decision being made at the end of 2014….Fingers crossed!


WORLD CLASS: Back row: FraserMichie, Kaity Hall, Alan Oliver, David Purdie, Colin Leslie. Front row: Niall Jarvie, Bobby Laing, Fiona Christie.


SINCE the integration of the Scottish Disability Badminton Group into BADMINTONscotland inMay we have seen many exciting new developments and plans for the future. The group have also been working in


conjunction with Scottish Disability Sport on a number of initiatives. The main goal is to develop a five-year strategy which will be incorporated into BADMINTON scotland’s whole sport plan. The main areas of work will be Club


Development and the creation of four or five more clubs across Scotland as well as supporting those already in existence.We also want to increase the number of coaches and volunteers interested in working in disability badminton by


FIVE-YEAR PLAN


By LYNDON WILLIAMS


raising the profile and offering more opportunities to get involved. The Physical Disability Performance


squad programme has been a success to date, and at the time of writing a six-strong team is entering their last few weeks of preparation before travelling to theWorld Championships in Dortmund from November 5-10. The creation of an LD performance


squad will be a trail-blazing initiative, led by Scotland, and one that we hope will inspire the other 4 Nations to start looking at this area. As well as updates on the web and greater coverage in the magazine, we are hopefully going to see an increase in profile and interest.


SUPPORT NEEDED


TIME to focus on the further development of two clubs, the Bathgate section of Lothian Disability Badminton Club and Scotstoun Disability Badminton Club. At Bathgate (based at Bathgate Academy) there is already a


solid base, with the club having started in 2011. The club runs on two courts with approximately 14 players, three coaches and two assistants backed up by volunteer support. The section is looking to expand to three courts and find another two coaches to assist with the weeklyWednesday 6-8pm sessions. Contact hbandnw@yahoo.co.uk to get involved. The Scotstoun disability badminton club (based at Scotstoun


Leisure Centre) has been running for nearly two years. It caters for children up to 18 of all abilities and disabilities.We provide opportunities for fun games and activities as well as a solid training programme for the more advanced players. Disability National Coach Kaity Hall runs the sessions and is now looking to expand and requires new coaches and volunteers as well as players. Email kaitycshi@aol.com if you would like to become involved.


SCOTLANDWEST TEAMMAKE IT SPECIAL


In 2013 one of the largest sporting events in Great Britain was the SpecialOlympics National Summer Games held in Bath from August 28 to September 1. Some 1,700 athletes with intellectual


disabilities from England, Scotland andWales competed in 12 sports at the 9th National Summer Games along with 600 coaches, 120 sports officials, 500 volunteers and 3,500 family members and friends/carers. The SpecialOlympics ScotlandWest Team of


161 athletes and 53 coaches was the second largest at the Games. The badminton squad had nine players and four coaches, with seven of the players from the Glasgow Disability Badminton Club and two players from the Firhill Club. The four coaches/carers - Mary Adie,Mary Lyttle, Joe Dobson and LindaMenzies - are all members of the Glasgow Club and the CompetitionManager, David Gillespie, is also a coach and club member of the Glasgow Disability Badminton Club. David, assisted by Adel Doyle, ensured the


competition ran smoothly and BADMINTON scotland officials, Bill Lindsay, Roselind Hall, and Morag and JimMcCulloch provided the benefit of


ByMARY ADIE Head Coach (Badminton) Special Olympics ScotlandWest


their experience to organise and officiate the events. A big thank-you to them all from the athletes, coaches, parents and carers. The ScotlandWest Class 1Male players -


James Pert, Kevin Dobson and David Godfrey - were in a tough singles group with David finishing eighth but we had an all-Scottish final between James and Kevin with James winning gold 21-9 21-19 and silver for Kevin. James and Kevin went on to win gold in the men’s doubles,


comfortably winning the final 21-12 21-16. Scotland’sMale Class 2 player David Adie


played well, but in a competitive group finished sixth overall whileMale Class 3 player, Ross McCann, also played well and finished fourth in his group. The ScotlandWest Class 1 female players


were Diane Gillan and Elizabeth Jamieson, who finished fourth and fifth respectively in their singles group and went on to win silver in the women’s doubles. They were beaten 21-16 21-14 in the final by their old 4 Nations adversaries Emily Eyre and Hazel Johnson from North-West region. Female Class 3 players Elizabeth Dalgarno and


Karen Lyttle finished sixth and eighth respectively in singles but Karen, with her mixed doubles partner RossMcCann, won gold in a very exciting final match 21-15 21-19 against Baker and Hickman fromWestMidlands. Total team results:- 3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze,


4 fourth places, 2 fifth places, 2 sixth places, 2 eighth places. A great result for the ScotlandWest team and a positive experience for everyone involved.





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