Six members of Glasgow School of Sport competed in the IV International Youth competition U13 – U17 hosted by the Asturian Badminton Federation in Spain during Saturday 8th and Sunday 9thDecember. The competition was held in Ceares-coto-Viesques Sport Palace in Gijon, Northern Spain.
School of Sport players competed alongside players from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Denmark. In total 167 players competed in 3 age groups of U13/U17/U17 in the 13 court arena. On this occasion players were permitted to compete in 2 categories.
Eleanor O’Donnell, Biatrice Gabell, Toni Woods and Holly Newall all participated in the U15 Girls Singles and won through group before all four reached the semi finals. Toni Woods had a great win over Portugal’s Top player Marianna Chang in the quarter finals while the other 3 girls won matches over Spanish opposition. Both Holly and Toni reached the final and Holly then captured her first International title with a 21/15 21/8 victory.
Holly and Eleanor teamed up to win the Girls Doubles with fairly comfortable victories in a large group system. Toni teamed up with Scott Waddell to gain runners up in the mixed doubles with a close defeat at the hands of Italy’s Fabio Caponio and Jan Pazellar with a scoreline of 22/20 19/21 19/21. Biatrice Gabell and Stewart Dyce secured a bronze medal in the mixed event.
Both Scott and Stewart competed in the boys singles event which saw Stewart lose out in the group stages and Scott come close to reaching the finals. Scott had a great win again Portugal’s seeded player Marco Jorge in 2 sets before losing in to Fabio Caponio 21/18 12/21 17/21 which secured a bronze medal for Scott.
A huge thanks to Fran Dacal, Arturo Ruiz and both the Asturian and Spanish Federations for running such a great event. Full results can be found here:
Report by Craig Robertson, GSOS