ALMOST 100 of the best Para-badminton players in Britain will converge on Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre in Motherwell from February 14-16 for the seventh Scottish 4 Nations Para-badminton Championships.
Scotland's 2012 European Championship Standing SL3singles gold medallist and 2011 world silver medallist Alan Oliver (Tweedbank) is top seed in the standing SL3 men’s singles and second seed in the doubles with fellow Scot Colin Leslie (Dalkeith). In the doubles they will be hoping to upset England’s reigning champion Bobby Griffin and his partner Dan Bethel, who are top seeds.
Griffin is also top seed in the standing SL4 men’s singles and will be aiming to improve on his singles silver medal of last year as well as retaining his mixed doubles title with Iona McLean (Bearsden).
In the Wheelchair events Fiona Christie (South Queensferry) is second seed in the singles, women’s doubles with Narelle Henderson
(Glasgow) and mixed doubles with England’s Gobi Ranganathan. Ranganathan is also second seed in the men’s singles behind England’s Martin Rooke and they will team up together as top seeds in the men’s doubles.
An impressive entry in the short stature class sees nine players tackle the men’s singles, with a separate boys’ event attracting five
entries. Niall McVeigh (Ireland) and last year’s winner Andrew Martin (England) start as favourites in the men’s singles whilst England’s Rachel Choong will defend the treble of women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed that she won last year.
The Learning Disability events once again provide the biggest entry with 30 men and 17 women entered, providing a draw comprising four men’s and women’s singles events, three men’s doubles and two women’s doubles events, and three mixed doubles events.
Lyndon Williams, Chair of the 4 Nations Para-badminton Working Group, said “Once again it is great to see such an impressive entry at this season’s Scottish 4 Nations Para-badminton Championships. Scotland always puts on a great 4 Nations Championships and I’m sure the tournament this year will be a fantastic event once again.
“The standard is continuing to rise across all the categories and this is shown by the fact that we have several former World and European Championships medallists in the line-up. I am expecting some superb games over the weekend and I would encourage everyone to come along and watch what is a fantastic event.
For further information on the 4 Nations Championships and other Para-badminton opportunities in Scotland, contact BADMINTONscotland on 0141 445 1218.