Scotland’s Para-Badminton athletes took 14 titles at the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships held at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre over the weekend.
The medal haul included one gold won in the Short Stature (SS6) events, two in the Wheelchair events and 11 in the Learning Disability (LD) events, as well as numerous silver medals across all four categories.
South Queensferry’s Fiona Christie defended her wheelchair women’s singles and mixed doubles titles, beating England’s Sharon Jones-Barnes in the singles then teaming up with Owen Kilburn to win the mixed at the expense of Jones-Barnes and David Follett.
England’s Martin Rooke also took two titles, winning the class 2 men’s singles with a final win over Gobi Ranganathan then teaming up with Connor Dua Harper to defeat Ranganathan and Follett in the final. Dua Harper won the class 1 men’s singles with victory over David Follett.
In the SS6 events Andrew Davies of Uphall won the boys’ singles, beating England’s Nima Ghavami in the final.
Scotland’s other SS6 medal came from Deirdre Nagle, who along with Rachel Choong was runner up in the women’s doubles to Rebecca Bedford and Randika Doling.
But there was revenge for Choong in the singles and mixed doubles when she beat Bedford in the singles final then teamed up with Andrew Martin to win the mixed over Bedford and Jack Shephard.
Shephard was also runner-up in men’s singles with Krysten Coombs taking the gold medal, but the pair teamed up to win the doubles, beating Martin and Ollie Clarke in the final.
Scotland dominated the LD events, taking 11 of the 15 titles available. Glasgow’s Grant Hunter won a title treble, beating Cardonald’s Kevin Dobson in the class 1 men’s singles then teaming up with James Pert (Glasgow) to beat Dobson and Michael McCraw (Dalkeith) in the class 1 men’s doubles.
Hunter rounded off a successful day by winning the class 1 mixed with East Kilbride’s Diane Gillan, beating Dobson and England’s Nikki Welch in the final.
Gillan beat Welch in the final of the class 1 singles but missed out on a treble when she and Linzi Finnigan (Glasgow) lost out in the class 1 women’s doubles final to Jenny Gray (North Berwick) and Welch.
Finnigan won the class 2 women’s singles with win in the final over Kerry Duncan (Arbroath).
McCraw won the class 2 men’s singles with Ireland’s Ben Haywood winning class 3 and Brian Donnachie (Glasgow) winning class 4.
Mahesh Bhatt (Haghill) and Blair Simpson (Garrowhill) won the class 2 men’s doubles and Peter Sabine (Edinburgh) teamed up with Hayward to win the class 3 men’s doubles.
The class 3 women’s singles was won by Ireland’s Abbie Fusco, who also won the class 2 women’s doubles with compatriot Jackie Robbins. Fusco claimed a title treble with victory in the class 3 mixed with Glasgow’s James McNeil and Robbins won her second title with victory in the class 2 mixed doubles with Ireland’s Adam Smyth.
The last match of the day was a superb Standing men’s doubles final between England’s James Binnie and Jack Wilson of Wales against Tweedbank’s Alan Oliver and England’s Anthony Forster, with Binnie and Wilson coming from behind to win 18-21 21-15 21-15.
Earlier Forster had also missed out in the SL4/SU5 men’s singles when Bobby Griffin (England) won another exceptionally close match 19-21 21-8 21-18 while in the SL3 men’s singles final England’s Dan Bethell took victory over Niall Jarvie.