Murcia, Spain – September 8th to the 14th
Following from the English International Para-Badminton Championships in June the Scottish Para-Badminton team has now been selected for the European Championships.
Congratulations to all the players Colin Leslie, Alan Oliver, Nail Jarvie, David Purdie, Bobby Laing, Fiona Christie and Deirdre Nagle. Kaity Hall is the National Coach and will accompany the Team, along with Bobby's dad, Alan.
After some good performances at the English event, the team will be looking to show further development and compete for medals in Spain.
Fiona Christie, who took two golds in England, will be highly ranked and even though the level of play will be a step higher, with continued improvement, Fiona will be looking to come away with another strong performance.
Alan Oliver as the current World Number 4 will be seeded very high and again, with improvements all round in England, Alan will be looking to be back to his best for this very important event. Alan will be up against German Pascal Wolter and the vastly improved Daniel Bethal from England. The Standing half court (SL3) category is very strong this year as the sport continues to develop.
Also competing in the SL3 category, Naill Jarvie and Colin Leslie will be looking for good draws and hopefully is able to make it out of the group where they have every chance of causing an upset. They have both been very close to some major wins in previous events and really want to make that break through.
In the same category, playing with new partners Alan with Antony Forster (Eng) and Colin with Denial Lee (Eng) will both be looking to get amongst the medals after strong showings at the English International. Naill will play with David Purdie and again, improvements at the previous event must give them confidence going into this major. David in the full court (SL4) category will be up against some tough competition,
Bobby in the SS6 category will look to continue his improvement and get amongst the more experienced player at this level. Deirdre is playing her first International event and will hopefully see this as an experience, looking to relax and play her best. Deirdre will be playing in the Doubles and also with Bobby in the mixed.
A big thank you to Scottish Disability Sport for again funding this major event and also to Dawn at Badminton Scotland who has continually supported and funded the Para-Badminton / Disability squad training programme. Without both supporters the players would not be able to compete at this level.
Also a big thank you to Kaity Hall, the Para-Badminton coach, who works extremely hard both on and off the court to support the players and also to Fraser Michie who provides coaching support at squad sessions.
Lyndon Williams, Chairperson of the Scottish Disability Working Group will also be going out as part of his Badminton World Federation work, but will no doubt be shouting for the Scottish team. Good luck to everyone.