Special Olympics - Lothian players getting ready
Ross Foley - Guest Speaker at Outreach Programme
Today I was delighted to talk at the Scottish Parliament to young people about how they feel about themselves and thier lives as well as giving my view on how they can make life better and how to become a better person in the future.
My main message was that everything is possible, don't let anyone or anything bring you down. Thanks to the organisers of this event for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to give my view and opinion to young people from all around Scotland. - R Foley
Results from the 1st LDBC - SDS event
The inaugural Scottish Disability Sport/Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) Championships were held at Engage Centre, at Edinburgh’s Napier University on Saturday 28th January. Given the inclusion of para-badminton in the programme for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics it is imperative that the pathways from local to national involvement in this fine sport are strengthened. Part of this process is ensuring players are exposed to relevant competitive opportunities against their peers from around Scotland and this event served to fulfil that role with both Scotland’s top players and those slightly newer to the sport competing across 21 sections to determine who would become the first ever champions of this event.
The competition saw sections in the categories of standing, wheelchair and players with a learning disability - with players banded into sub sections appropriately. In the SL3 section the pre-tournament favourite Alan Oliver was victorious as expected, but not before being tested by his stablemate Colin Leslie in both the group stages and the final. They were to meet again in the final of the doubles event where in one of the most exciting matches of the tournament Alan and Bobby Laing prevented Colin from exacting revenge for his singles defeat. Colin and David Purdie eventually lost 16-21, 22-20, 21-19 was as close as it gets and it seemed an injustice that one side had to lose. Colin, however, was not to be denied a gold medal and was rewarded for his endeavour by victory in the mixed doubles with the experienced Mary Wilson - a familiar face across many sports on the SDS programme. They defeated Bobby Laing and Deirdre Nagle in the final. Bobby and Deirdre did manage to win the SS6 Mixed doubles title beating the Davidson siblings Finlay and Sky. Bobby added a further two gold medals to his collection in the SS6 Singles and the SL4 Singles events defeating Andrew Davidson and David Purdie respectively.
Lothian Disability Badminton Club – so integral to this event’s inauguration – saw further success through player and coach Fiona Christie comfortably winning the WH section with further LDBC success in the form of Ross Foley’s doubles win.
The sections for players with a learning disability were very hotly contested with Grant Hunter defeating Michael McGraw in the final of the Class 1 section, reversing the result from the earlier group stage. Michael McGraw was able to taste victory in the Men’s Doubles event though before Grant Hunter added the Mixed title to his Singles success partnering Linzi Finnigan to defeat the ever-present Michael McGraw and Jenny Gray. Fife’s Lloyd Simpson and Lothian’s Matthew Power claimed the Class 2 & 3 titles respectively with Diane Gillian doing the Class 1 ‘double’ with title wins in the Singles & Doubles events, partnering Aimee-Leigh Allan.
SDS is grateful to the efforts of all the players who competed, and the officials and volunteers of Badminton Scotland who marshalled the event so expertly on the day. Thanks should also go to Lyndon Williams, who saw this event through from inception to implementation but was regrettably unable to join in the fun on the day as a prior engagement in Wales precluded his involvement. All in all a fantastic first event and one that should become a fixture on the national calendars of both SDS and Badminton Scotland. Thanks to all involved for their efforts in ensuring its undoubted success.
Full results can be found at SDS/ LDBC Tournament Results
SDS Events Manager
To see a full list of results please click on the link below.
Ross recieves the prestigious Diana Award
A massive congratulations to the clubs own superstar, Ross Foley for being presented with the Diana Award. This description of this award "For selflessly transforming the lives of others and going above and beyond to create and sustain positive change"..says it all really.
LDBC - SDS Regional Disability event - Entry form now available.
LDBC's first regional event taking place on January 28th 2017 at Napier University, Edinburgh is now available. We hope that all eligible players from the club take part in this event which will act as an excellent lead in to the Scottish 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships which take place in February 2017. A partnership between the club and Scottish Disability Sport, the event is sanctioned by Badminton Scotland and also the Special Olympics. Entry form available from the LDBC facebook page, or just contact email@example.com and the form shall be forwarded on. Looking forward to seeing everyone's entries coming in. We also need helpers, scorers etc, so if you would like to lend a hand please contact email above.
Latest BWF para-Badminton World Rankins (30/11/16)
A number ofLDBC players feature high up on the latest BWF rankings.
SL3 Singles - Colin Leslie 12 / Alan Oliver 16
SL3/4 Doubles - Colin 24 / Alan 27
SL4 Mens Singles - David Purdie 42
SS6 Mens Singles - Bobby Laing 7
SS6 Mens Doubles - Bobby 6
WH2 Ladies Singles - Fiona Christie 11
WH1/2 Ladies Doubles - Fiona 27
European Para-Badminton Success for Scottish / LDBC players
Scotland’s Colin Leslie is showing his team-mates the way at the European Para-Badminton Championships in the Dutch town of Beek.
He followed up his two wins on the opening day with a third win today in the men’s singles SL3 category.
That took him into the knockout stages after topping Group D and the 3/4 seed now has a bye into the last eight, leaving him one win away from a medal.
Alan Oliver, the other 3/4 seed, followed up yesterday’s opening win with another today to top Group C and also move into the knockout stage where a bye also takes him into the quarter-finals.
But there was disappointment for David Purdie, who lost both his matches in SL4 and Bobby Laing, who went down in all three of his SS6 matches.
But Purdie hit form in the men’s doubles SL3 when he partnered Leslie. The 5/6 seeds opened with two wins to head the group with one more match tonight.
Niall Jarvie, who pulled out of the singles, also began with a win in Group A, partnering Ireland’s Stephen Halpin. Oliver and England’s Anthony Forrester also won their opening Group F contest.
There's just no stopping Leslie so far as he and Denmark’s Astrid Lihav Riis produced two battling wins in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5, including victory over third seeds Bartlomiej Mroz and Katarzyna Ziebik of Poland, to head Group C.
Oliver also bagged two wins with Denmark’s Julie Thrane as the other third seeds topped Group D.
Laing got off the mark in the doubles SS6 category when he and Isaak Dalglish won their first of three group matches.
In the women’s events Deidre Nagle was also finding it tough with defeat in her opening SS6 category with one match still to come against unbeaten Rachel Choong.
Fiona Christie, who is tackling three events, got her singles bid off to a winning start in Group A and needs a win tonight to top her group when she faces top seed Emine Seckin of Turkey.
But she and Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins suffered doubles disappointment when they lost both their Group C matches.
In the mixed doubles Christie won one and lost one in partnership with England’s Owen Kilburn. It was enough to reach the knockout stages but then they pulled out of the event.
In the mixed doubles SS6 Laing and Nagle teamed up and produced a win over Andrew Moorcroft and Emma Farnham of Ireland. But they also suffered two defeats to lie third in the group with one match to come.
To follow all the weekend results go to www.tournamentsoftware.com
Congratulations to Jenny
At the recent ‘Celebrating Sport 2016 Awards Ceremony’ recognising and celebrating sporting achievements in East Lothian, held last Friday 14th October at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, LDBC’s own Jenny Gray was awarded the Sports Person with a Disability of the Year –Jenny has had an outstanding year, dominating 4 Nations events Para-badminton events in Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Jenny has also been selected to represent the Lothian Special Olympic Team for the 2017 National Games.
There were 5 nominees and she was announced joint winner with Stephen Clegg from the East Lothian Swim Team.
Welsh 4 Nations 2016
The Welsh leg of the 4 nations Para-Badminton series took place on the 19th to 21st August at Sport Wales National Centre. It saw players compete from the UK and Ireland across all levels of disability badminton. Lothian Disability Badminton Club were represented in all categories with players in Wheelchair, Standing, Short Stature and Learning Disability, with a strong squad of 12 travelling down.
In the SL3 class Alan Oliver brought home a well-deserved silver in the men’s singles event after putting on a great performance against England’s Dan Bethel. Colin Leslie didn’t manage to progress into out of the group stages due to an unfortunate injury. David Purdie (SL4), Ross Foley, Bobby Laing and Andrew Davies (SS6) were also competing in their categories men’s singles. They put in hard work and great inspiring performances but didn’t quite manage to progress out of the groups.
In the men’s doubles Alan Oliver and English partner Antony Forster reached the semi-finals fighting hard and playing extremely well. This pair are improving tournament by tournament, great progress to see. In the SS6 category doubles pairs Ross Foley and Andrew Davies along with Bobby Laing and Isaak Daglish put on some stunning games although they didn’t progress into the semis.
In the Learning Disability category, we had tremendous success. Peter Sabine bringing home 3 medals; gold in the men’s singles and silver in both level mixed doubles and level doubles along with fellow club member Gregor Hardie. Michael McCraw fought hard against tough opponents in his singles draw, not managing to progress pass the groups, but Michael won silver in the men’s doubles with partner James Wyatt and also achieved gold in the mixed doubles along with Jenny Gray. Jenny also won gold in the ladies’ doubles and silver in the singles. Great performance from all of our LD players.
Fiona Christie brought home gold in the wheelchair ladies singles. Duncan Taylor, Lothians only male wheelchair athlete put in some great performances in both his singles and men’s doubles.
A total of 11 medals came home from wales with LDBC and several semi-final/ 3rd places. We are thrilled with the progress the team and the effort every single player is putting into their game. We are looking forward to what the rest of 2016 and into 2017 brings. A big thank you to Badminton Wales for all your help and organisation and to all of the volunteers from the weekend it was an excellent tournament with great results and play by all.
Well Done LDBC.
The New Badminton Scotland Introductory Award
Anyone interested in taking the new Badmintonscotland Introductory Award? If so, a course will be running on Sunday 11th September and Sunday 18th September from 9.30am – 5.00pm at the Corn Exchange, Haddington.
The cost is £100 and it is mandatory to have both Badminton Basics Certificate and a Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children qualification in the past 3 years. (LDBC will help with a subsidy towards the costs)
For those who have not yet attended the UK Safeguarding workshop, there is one organised on Wednesday 24th August from 6.30 – 9.30pm at Meadowmill Sports Centre.
If you or anyone you know are interested in taking either of the awards please contact Christine Black on firstname.lastname@example.org
PARA-BADMINTON PLAYERS TACKLE THE IRISH INTENATIONAL
7 Scottish Para-badminton players travelled to Antrim to compete in the BWF Irish International between Thursday 23rd June – Sunday 26th June. The squad consisted of Niall Jarvie (Crieff), Colin Leslie (Dalkeith), Bobby Laing (Livingston), Fiona Christie (South Queensferry), Alan Oliver (Tweedbank), David Purdie (Largs) and Jamie Munro (Edinburgh) who was making his first international debut.
Colin, Niall and Alan competed in the SL3 singles. Colin who reached the last 16, lost to Malaysia’s 6th Seed Malek 21-9, 21-16. Unfortunately, Niall didn’t manage to qualify from his tough group, but played some magnificent closely fought matches.
Alan missed out on a semi-final place when lost 21-18, 21-18 to Japan’s Fujihara, in a closely fought contest. Oliver who partners Anthony Foster (England) in SL3 /4 doubles narrowly missed out in a semi-final place by losing in a closely fought 3 set match against current World Champions and Number 1 seeds - Boregowda/Sarkar 21-13, 15-21, 21-14.
Colin paired up with fellow Scot David Purdie in the SL3/4 doubles, in one of the most challenging groups, they faced top German pair Pott/Wolter and Number 4 Seeds and eventual winners Mazur/Thomas and were unable to cause an upset losing both their group matches.
Purdie, also competed in the SL4 singles, unfortunately he lost both his group matches but faced 2 excellent singles players. His development over the past 12 months has been tremendous and he’ll be looking to take positives to the European Championships in October.
Jamie got a tough introduction to international para-badminton when he was classified as an SL4 player, in his group he faced Number 4 seed Boregowda and the flamboyant Belgian De Smet. In doubles, Munro partnered Spain’s Ramos. It’s always difficult partnering someone new but we’re competitive in their group. This was an excellent experience for Munro and I’m sure he’ll learn and use it as motivation to develop his skills for future competitions.
Bobby reached the quarter finals in SS6 singles where lost 21-16, 21-4 to current world champion Didin. Laing pushed the world champion and nearly took the first set but the experience of Didin was too much for Laing in the 2nd. However, facing the current world champion is always a privilege and I’m sure he’ll take that forward into the Europeans.
Laing partnered Dalglish in the SS6 doubles, the standard of SS6 doubles is exceptional and their group consisted of European and World Champions, it was always going to be difficult to progress from the group Laing and Dalglish did extremely well to compete in all matches.
Fiona reached the last 16 in the mixed doubles with English partner Owen Kilburn losing to Japan’s Kobayashi/Kobayashi in an intense match 21-18, 21-19. The match could have gone in favor of the Scot/Anglo pairing but experience at the end paid dividend for the Japan’s pair. Unfortunately, Fiona had to retire in the singles as her troublesome tennis elbow returned.
Although no medals were brought back across the Irish Sea, the competition was deemed very successful and positive in terms of competing against an ever increasing standard and player pool from across the world.
Thanks to Kaity for all of her coaching advice throughout the week and to Scottish Disability Sport and Badminton Scotland.
English 4 Nations 2016
The English leg of the 4 nations Para-Badminton series took place on the 17th to 19th June at Ponds Forge Sports Centre in Sheffield. It saw over 80 players from across the UK and Ireland across all levels of disability badminton. Lothian Disability Badminton Club were represented by players in Wheelchair, Standing, Short Stature and Learning Disability categories, with a strong squad of 10 down they were the biggest represented club from Scotland.
Jenny Gray took home the biggest medal haul with two golds for singles and mixed doubles with partner Michael McCraw, and a silver in the ladies doubles partnering English player Sam Monk. Michael put in some great performances in his singles and doubles having been moved up to the highest category he didn’t stand out as any less stronger than his older and more experienced opponents, this was highlighted when in a three way tie he lost out by 1 point to reach the final of the men’s doubles with partner Kevin Dobson. Peter Sabine was the star in LD class 4 winning the men’s singles event where, only in the final match did he allow his opponents any more than 9 points, winning his final game 21-16 to take the gold.
Fiona Christie brought home 2 golds also, winning the ladies singles in a convincing 2 set game versus England’s Sharon Barnes and then partnering up with England’s Owen Kilburn to defeat Sharon and her partner David Follet in a thrilling 3 set final. Duncan Taylor, Lothians only male wheelchair athlete put in some great performances in both his singles and men’s doubles with new partner Stephen Cox.
In the standing classes Alan Oliver brought home the silver in the men’s singles defeated in the final match by England’s Daniel Bethel, Daniel had earlier beaten Colin Leslie in the semi-finals. David Purdie (SL4), Bobby Laing and Andrew Davies (SS6) were also competing in their categories men’s singles. Although they were unable to progress out of the group stages all three put in some great performances, especially Andrew playing his first tournament in the senior class. In the men’s doubles Alan Oliver and English partner Antony Forster came third in the group finishing one place above Colin and David. In the SS6 category Bobby and partner Isaak Dalglish also finished third.
A total of 6 gold medals came back to the club along with 2 silver medals and several semi-final/ 3rd places. We are thrilled with the progress the team are making and looking forward to bringing even more back at the upcoming Welsh 4 Nations in August. A big thank you to Richard Morris, Badminton England and all of the volunteers from the weekend it was an excellent tournament with great results and play by all.
LDBC Annual General Meeting 2016
Lothian Disability Badminton Club's AGM is due to be held on Tuesday 5th July at SportScotland Offices, Caledonia House, The Gyle at 6.45 in Room 7. All LDBC members are invited to attend and we would love to see you there. If you have any proposals or suggestions or would like to be considered for any position within the club then please let Lyndon know. The agenda along with previous minutes, chairman's report and LDBC development plan have been circulated to all members via email. If you plan on coming along please can you confirm your attendance.
Scottish and LDBC Players head to Ireland
Scottish and LDBC players Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Fiona Christie, Bobby Laing, David Purdie and Jamie Munro are heading to the BWF Irish Para-Badminton International in Antrim, Northern Ireland from June 21st to 26th. This is the players first International event of the year, and in Jamie's case, his first ever international event. National Coach Kaity Hall will be joined by LDBC Chair Lyndon Williams for the trip. Niall Jarvie, our Scottish player now living in Ireland will only have a short trip to make and hopefully can take advantage of any 'local' knowledge!!!. With the Europeans Championships taking place in October in Holland, everyone will be wanting to make their mark with selection in mind. Good luck to all.
Scottish Disability Wheelchair Festival
Scottish Disability Sport is working in partnership to provide an exciting event for children, young people and adults in Scotland to access 8 different manual wheelchair sports at the first ever National Wheelchair Sport Extravaganza. The event will be held at the Gannochy Centre, University of Stirling on Sunday 12 June: 9:30am – 15:00pm. The event is FREE and applicants will select their preferred sports from a list of 8 available. The sports available are:
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Rugby League, Quad Rugby, Tennis, Table-Tennis
The aim of the event is to provide participants with the opportunity to access a range of wheelchair sports delivered by skilled coaches and officers from partner governing bodies and be signposted to relevant local activity by Scottish Disability Sport staff. For our younger applicants and novices there will be a wheelchair skills session to enhance confidence and increase mobility. Please note that you do not need to be a daily wheelchair user to participate, play and excel in wheelchair sports.
Please ensure this opportunity is distributed and promoted to all relevant groups and participant. SDS thanks our partners who have been critical in ensuring this event has been launched. They are: Awards for All, University of Stirling, Dundee Dragons, Caledonian Crushers, Tennis Scotland, Wheelchair Rugby League, Basketball Scotland, Badminton Scotland, Table-Tennis Scotland, Scottish Archery and Scottish Athletics.
Applicants can apply by completing the online form using the link below or the attached application form or by phoning SDS on 0131 317 1130. Please forward to any groups or individuals who may be interested. ENTRY FORM: 2016 Wheelchair Sport Extravaganza
If you have any questions regarding this day please contact me on any of the details below.
Mark Gaffney | Opportunities & Events Manager Scottish Disability Sport |Caledonia House | South Gyle Edinburgh | EH12 9DQ | 0131 625 4417 | 07966 388 957
LDBC's Lothian League History
History has been made!! LDBC’s Lothian League fixtures for this season are over. Our team smashed their way through each game giving their all, doing themselves and the club proud.
Lothian Special Olympics
Emma has been selected to become Lothian Special Olympic's Sport Coordinator for Badminton, she will be wokring together with coaches and players to develop our connections with Special Olympics, help our registered playerd through their training, encouraging more players to register and assisting our team on their jounrey to the National Games in Sheffield 2017.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Special Olympics, please contact Emma.
Special Olympics Selection
Well done to Michael McCraw, Jenny Gray and Daniel Strang for their selection to the Lothian Special Olympics Team for the 2017 National Games in August 2017. Plenty of time to get lots of practice in!!!
Well Done LDBC - Amazing weekend at Scottish 4 Nations!! 10 medals!!
Fabby weekend at the Scottish 4 Nations! Team LDBC made everyone proud, everyone played so well. Great performances all round. Club have brought home 10 medals, with 6 of them being gold. Thank you so much to everyone who made the weekend happen and who helped the guys! Biggest ever club entry, numbers just keep increasing - so great to see.
Big congratulations to LDBCs medalists: Alan Oliver, Michael McCraw, Jenny Gray, Connell Greenhorn, Peter Sabine, Andrew Davies, Fiona Christie and Niall Jarvie.
Well done to Colin Leslie, Adam Linton Main, Jamie Munro, David Purdie, Ross Foley, Bobby Laing, Duncan Taylor, Gregor Hardie, Lewis McDonald, Daniel Strang and Sharon Munro who all played so well throughout the weekend. Thanks Fiona, Kaity, Christine, Lyndon and Flo for all your encouragement and support.
Full results click here.
Scottish 4 Nations 2016 - Biggest ever entry from LDBC - 19 PLAYERS!!!
19 club players will be on their way to Ravenscraig for the Scottish 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships from 19th - 21st February. Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Niall Jarvie, David Purdie, Adam Linton-Main, Jamie Munro, Bobby Laing, Ross Foley, Andrew Davies, Jenny Gray, Michael McCraw, Connell Greenhorn, Peter Sabine, Gregor Hardie, Sharon Munro, Lewis McDonald, Daniel Strang, Duncan Taylor and Fiona Christie,will all be taking part across the three days. Good luck to all of them and fingers crossed for some fab games, ace performances and some medals brought back home. Special mention to our 5 players playing their first ever tournament - hope you have fun guys. Big thank you to our coaches and physio who are volunterring their time to support the players. Everyone at club massively appreciates it. Good Luck everyone, have a fab time.
Latest World Rankins - October 2015
Standing Lower SL3 Singles -Alan Oliver No.8 /Colin Leslie No.9/ Naill Jarvie No.14
Standing Lower SL4 Singles - David Purdie No.33
Short Stature SS6 Singles - Bobby Laing No.7
Wheelchair WH2 Singles - Fiona Christie No.6
For all rankings including Doubles and Mixed go to:
Lothian Disability Badminton Club Making History!
Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Meadowbank Sports Centre
LDBC smashed their way through history at the first Lothian League fixture of the season. This was a memorable night for all. This is the first time LDBC have entered into the league, we are the only disability badminton club to play in the league ever and our players have never played a team event in a mainstream environment before now. So it was a big night for our boys but ultimately a great showcase for the club.
The 1st fixture saw LDBC v R(D)SVSVets, where team LDBC came out on top winning a fantastic 13 games to 5.
Our chosen team for this match consisted of: Bobby Laing, Colin Leslie, David Purdie, Adam Linton Main, Jamie Munro and Captain Alan Oliver – whose support and encouragement for the team was invaluable.
The league fixture saw our men’s team of 6 being spilt into 3 pairings: Leslie with Purdie, Linton Main with Munroe and Oliver with Laing. Each pairing played 3 doubles matches on the night. With two of pairings bringing home maximum points.
Massive congratulations to the team, you played so well and did everyone at LDBC extremely proud.
LDBC have 4 fixtures to play later on in the year and into 2016 – keep up the hard work guys and hopefully we’ll achieve even more amazing results.
PARA BADMINTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
With only a week to go until Team Scotland arrive at the World Championships - the players are all busy getting ready for a fun filled week.
COME ON TEAM SCOTLAND!!
Lothian Disability Badminton Club now have a Mens team entered into the Lothian League for this season. With our Team Captain being badminton star Alan Oliver.
Success in Cardiff
Lothian Disability Badminton Club achieved great results at the recent Four Nations Para-Badminton Championships in Cardiff, winning a total of 6 medals. A good number of club players competed, playing and trying so well in all categories and overall the players achieved fab results.
In the Wheelchair category Fiona Christie played so well on the Saturday getting herself through to three finals with the mixed doubles group stages to play on the Sunday. But unfortunately Fiona had a bad fall resulting in her having to withdraw on the Sunday morning. Let’s hope that arm fixes itself soon and you’re fighting fit for the Worlds.
In the SL3 standing men’s singles Alan Oliver won silver after playing so well but losing out on the gold to the world number one. Colin Leslie got knocked out in the semi-finals by fellow team mate Alan.
In the SL3/4 doubles David Purdie and Colin Leslie player together for the first time having some close games and taking a set off the eventually winners. Alan Oliver along with partner Anthony Forster got through to the quarter finals.
The SS6 category saw Ross Foley and Bobby Laing up against the big guys – they tried so hard and played so well. Big well done boys.
In the Learning Disability events Jenny Gray reached all three finals winning gold in all. Massive well done to Jenny, first time ever to get the clean sweep. One of which was won alongside club member Michael McCraw. Michael also won silver in the men’s doubles with new playing partner Michael King.
Also in the LD category – Connell Greenhorn won silver in the men’s singles. He played an amazing final game which was so close. Big well done to Connell who only started competing in the 4 Nations series back in February.
Special mention to all club players who took part: Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, David Purdie, Adam Linton Main, Ross Foley, Bobby Laing, Jenny Gray, Michael McCraw, Connell Greenhorn, Duncan Taylor and Fiona Christie – the club are proud of every single one of you.
Massive thank you to our club coach Sarah Naylor for all her help and encouragement and to our physio Flo who helped our players so much throughout the tournament.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate all the players for their performances throughout the tournament and also on the outstanding achievements.
Welsh 4 Nations
LDBC Players are off to the Welsh 4 Nations in Cardiff on the 21st August.
Good luck to everyone taking part.
Club Starts Back
Summers nearly over - how quick was that! Hope everyone had a good one.
Club Starts back 11th August for Musselburgh and 12th August for Bathgate. Hope you've all been practising. See you all soon.
Bag Packing Fundraising Collection
Lothian Disability Badminton Club members rasied a fantastic £620 bag packing at Tesco Musselburgh. A big thank you to all the customers who donated and to all who helped out - we make a fab team.
Para-Badminton Squad for BWF World Championships 2015!!
Huge congratulations to LDBC players who have been selected for the World Championships in Stoke Mandeville in September.
The players selected from the club are:
Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Bobby Laing, David Purdie and Fiona Christie. with Ross Foley also being invited to enter and travel with the team.
They will be joined by Niall Jarvie, LDBC Club Physio Florence Cook and National Coach Kaity Hall.
Big good luck to all.
Rossco Wins Lothian Disability Sport Endeavor Award
Big congratulations to ross!
Good Weekend for LDBC players at the Irish Para-Badminton International
The Scottish team came home with 4 Bronze medals from the recent Irish Para-Badminton International and 3 were from the LDBC. Colin had a great weekend winning a Bronze in the SL3 Men's Singles and then teaming up with regular English partner, Daniel Lee to win Bronze in the SL3/4 combined doubles. Fiona Christie, disappointed with her singles, fought back to take a great Bronze with Irish player, Laura-Lee in the WH Ladies Doubles. The other medal for the Scots went to former club member, Niall Jarvie, now living in Ireland who took a Bronze in the SL3 Singles, loosing to eventual winner, Dan Bethal from England. Alan Oliver, who could only play Doubles due to injury had a good run in the doubles before loosing to finalists Dan Bethal and Bobby Griffin. David Purdie, playing with Niall had a tough group but again showed signs of improvement. All round the results were great as the standard was very high with players from as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Brazil taking part. The event was a great success for Ireland who staged their first ever International Para-Badminton event, which they can now add to their successful 4 Nations event which will take place this November. The next events are the Welsh 4 Nations in Cardiff followed by the World Championships in Stoke Manderville in September.
Reminders and Dates for your Diary!
- Tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd) and Wednesday 24th are last club nights for the season.
- AGM is next Tuesday (30th June) at Sport Scotland, Caledonia House, The Gyle at 6.45pm - please come along if you can make it.
- Development players, payment is due for next block of training sessions. See Lyndon's previous email.
- 11th August - Musselburgh section starts back.
- 12th August - Bathgate section starts back.
- 21st - 23rd August - Welsh 4 Nations (forms out now - closing date 31st July)
- 9th - 13th September - BWF ParaBadminton World Championships (good luck to our performance players)
- 14th November - LDBC taster session and fun club tournament (Musselburgh Sports Centre - information to follow)
- 20th - 22nd November - Irish 4 Nations (forms out now)
English 4 Nations - Sheffield 2015
Big well done to all the club's players who competed in the 4 Nations at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. We brought back 9 medals, fab result for LDBC. We are all so proud of every one of you, you are big stars.
Lothian Disability Badminton Club enjoyed some great success at the recent Four Nations Para-Badminton Championships at Ponds Forge Sports Centre in Sheffield, winning a total of 9 medals – 3 gold and 6 silver.
A large representation of club players competed, playing so well in all categories and overall the players achieved fab results.
Fiona Christie won a gold medal in the wheelchair ladies singles, and a silver medal in the mixed doubles wheelchair event.
In the SL3 standing men’s singles Colin Leslie won silver after making it to the final through default as fellow club member Alan Oliver unfortunately had to pull out of the final due to injury. Fix yourself up soon Alan and well done on playing so well.
In the Learning Disability events Jenny Gray reached all three finals winning gold in the ladies singles, silver in the ladies doubles and another silver in the mixed doubles with other club member Michael McCraw. Michael also won gold in the men’s singles and silver in the men’s doubles
Special mention goes out to all the club players who took part – Bobby Laing, Ross Foley, Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, David Purdie, Niall Jarvie, Adam Linton-Main, Jamie Munro, Kenny Ashurst, Duncan Taylor, Fiona Christie, Jenny Gray, Michael McCraw and Connell Greenhorn.
Big thank you to our coaches and physio who helped our players so much throughout the tournament. Thanks to Kaity Hall, Florence Cook, Sarah Naylor and Christine Black.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate all the players for their performances throughout the tournament and also on the outstanding achievements.
A few members of the club had a great day out at Musselburgh Athletic FC Semi Final Game on Saturday 18th April collecting donations for club. We managed to raise lots of pennies to help us buy club equipment. Thank you so much to all at the football club and well done to you for making the final. Good Luck!!
Fab News For LDBC
The club has just been successful with two additional grants, The Volunteer Action Fund and The Postcode Lottery. These are going to make a huge big difference to the whole club and help us in our quest for more coaches and training of coaches / volunteers. We want to do a big push on new membership and further expansion of the clubs activities and this is a great start. Lets all work together to make our fabby club as great as it can be.
Good Luck from everyone at LDBC to three of our performance players, Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie and Bobby Laing - who are off to the BWF Spanish Championships From March 26th-29th.
Paralympic Experience Day!
LDBC coaches had a great morning delivering a taster session at Forrester's High School, a fab atmosphere and lots of smiley faces. Thank you so much to all who helped out, and big thanks to Alan Oliver who lead the session so brilliantly.
4 Nations English entry form now out.
After a period of uncertainty it is great news that the 4 Nations English leg will go ahead as scheduled. A big thank you to Richard Morris, English Para-Badminton National Coach and Tim Sheppard of DSUK for making sure the English 4 Nations remained an integral part of the calendar. Hopefully they will be rewarded with a big turnout and hopefully we can support them with a good entry from the club again. Forms available from the link below
2015 Scottish Four Nations Video - Amazing, take a look!!
LDBC Best Ever Medal Haul at 2015 Scottish Four Nations!
Lothian Disability Badminton Club enjoyed some outstanding success at the recent Four Nations Para-Badminton Championships at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre, Motherwell, winning a total of 13 medal – eight gold and five silver.
A large representation of club players from both Musselburgh and Bathgate sections competed in all categories and overall the players achieved some fantastic results with our best medal tally of 13 medals from any 4 Nations Para-badminton event.
South Queensferry’s Fiona Christie won a title treble in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the wheelchair events. In the women’s singles a convincing 21/1 21/14 final win over England’s Sharon Jones-Barnes secured her first title before Christie teamed up with Irelands Laura-Lee Jenkins to beat Jones-Barnes and Lothian Disability Club member Suzanne Teague who won her first silver medal. In Christie’s third final she teamed up with Owen Kilburn (England) to win a thrilling three set match and lift her third gold medal.
In the SL3 Standing Men’s singles Alan Oliver won gold but unfortunately did not play his final when England’s Daniel Bethell pulled out through injury and club members Colin Leslie and Niall Jarvie also reached the semi-final stages. Oliver then teamed up with Anthony Forster (England) to win silver in the men’s doubles when James Binnie (England) and Jack Wilson (Wales) edged them out in an exciting final 21/18 11/21 21/15.
In the SS6 (Short Stature) junior event Ross Foley and Andrew Davies teamed up together and after a thrilling three set match won the gold medal in the boys doubles 21/12 20/22 21/15 against England’s Daniel Allen and Nima Ghavami.
In the Learning Disability (LD) events Jenny Gray (North Berwick) reached all three finals winning gold in the ladies singles beating England’s Nikki Welch 21/13 21/15 and in the ladies doubles partnered Claire O’Neil (Ireland) to win a silver medal.
In Jenny’s third final she partnered club member 12 year old Michael McCraw (Mayfield) in the mixed doubles where they just lost out in the final to win silver against Glasgow’s Derek Tomkinson and Kerry Duncan 21/13 22/20. In his second final of the day McCraw partnered Glasgow’s Joseph McLaughlin to win gold comfortably 21/6 21/4 in the LD Class 3 men’s doubles. In the LD Class 3 Singles McCraw also reached the semi-final stages along with club member Richard Chamberlain who after making his debut appearance only lost out 21/17 at the semi-final stage to the eventual winner Lloyd Crawley (Wales).
A special mention must also go to Connell Greenhorn (Bathgate) who won gold in his first event when he won the men’s singles in the LD Class 2 event beating Ireland’s Gary Baillie 21/18 21/18.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate all 16 players for their performances throughout the tournament and also on the outstanding club record of 13 medals.
2015 Para-Badminton Calendar released
Great fun was had by all on the recent Badminton Basics course run by Badminton Scotland. In a slightly cold hall, tutor, Graeme Smith kept us working hard and having a great time trying out new fun games we can use at the club. Many thanks to Graeme and all who attended.
Great Results for LDBCplayers at Irish 4 Nations
It was Irelands turn to stage their leg of the 4 Nations series. The LDBC team, of Colin, Kenny, Jenny, Michael and Bobby all had a great event with some excellent performances. The link below is from the BUI website. Well done to all, especially to Jenny and Michael who came away with 3 medals each!!
Badminton is IN the Paralympics - cut and paste the link below.
Christine wins European vets title
Our president Christine is still on the medal trail having won another 3 medals at the European vets. A Bronze in Singles and Doubles and a GOLD in the mixed with Dan Travers. In searing heat Christine only lost the singles semi-final in 3 sets and with so many of her games being played in these conditions as well as being extremely tired, Christine managed to get a tan!!!
Scottish International Ticket Draw
The club has been given 10 free All Session tickets for the firthcoming Scottish International Badminton Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow from Wednesday 19th November to the 23rd November 2014. Tickets valid for every day. If you wish to go into the draw for the tickets please let Lyndon know. Max of 2 tickets per person, so 5 sets available. Draw to take place on Nov 1st
A fantastic week of Para-Badminton culminated in 3 Bronze and 1 Silver for Scottish LDBC players. Alan and Colin both reached the semi-finals of the SL3 singles. Alan coming up again against the eventual winner Dan Bethal. On this occassion Alan fought hard, narrowly loosing 20-15 / 21-18. Fiona, playing with English player Conor Dua-Harper narrowly lost in the quarter finals in the mixed WH2 category. Fiona reached the semi-finals the Ladies singles. In the standing doubles, a brilliant performance from Colin and English partner Danial Lee saw them reach the final after some hard fought matches throughout. A brilliant Silver for them in a very tough classification. Coach, Kaity Hall said "with a target of 2 medals, coming home with 4 is a big achievement. I am particularly pleased with the attitude and application of all the team. The temperature was extremely hot and conditions tough, but I saw great effort and some fine performances, so everyone should be very pleased with themselves and their efforts. Well done Team Scotland"
Latest BWF YouTube Video - Staring Alan and Colin!
European Para-Badminton Championships - 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 LDBC players Colin Leslie, Alan Oliver, Nail Jarvie, David Purdie, Bobby Laing and Fiona Christie. Deirdre Nagle makes up the team. 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 (World No.3) 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 be 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 Danial 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 so will need to be at his best.
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 and Badminton Scotland who have 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.
Success at English International Para-Badminton event.
Annual Report 2013/14 Season
Lothian Disability Badminton Club are pleased to report another very successful year of growth and new developments. This is, in part, a reflection of the success of the Olympics and Paralympics and the excitement of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow supporting a continued interest in Disability Sport but also the ongoing hard work and belief in the Club of all involved.
The media have continued to develop this interest. David Moorcroft and the ‘Join In’ Team visited the club for a most enjoyable fun night in celebration of volunteers and they left with a strong impression of a vital club, with outstanding volunteers, able to offer an inclusive experience to all.
The cameras from STV havebeen involved with the Club on several occasions and this has further raised our profile. We were also particularly proud that the Badminton World Federationchose our Club to film local footage of interviews and a club in action, to enhance Para Badminton development and support the bid for inclusion in the 2020 Paralympics.
LDBC will be supporting the Commonwealth Games when two of its players, Danial Strang and Colin Leslie, carry the baton. In the East Lothian Games, a number of teams will be fielded from LDBC consisting of our players and coaches, helping to raise awareness about disability badminton.
The last LDS awards honoured two of our members who had demonstratedthe level of commitment and dedication that we are fortunate to see amongst many of ourplayers and volunteers. Our numbers continue to grow from strength to strength withmore coaches, players and volunteers coming on board across both centres. Our coaches are achieving more and a higher level of training awards and more players are representing the club at development and performance levels in competitions. This saw five of our athletes selected for the Worlds and a very successful programme of Four Nation’sevents. For the first time, two ofour junior athletes, Jenny Gray and Michal McCraw entered and medalled in the home leg of this, much looked forward to, event.
The Club continues to be successful in attaining funding, one of which, Sported, led to the new and extremely successful early section at Musselburgh, catering for young people with a range of disabilities and often discovering badminton for the first time. This has also been supported through strengthened links with the local High School who have offered some wonderful pupil support. The ongoing development of Bathgate has been largely funded by West Lothian Council and to them, we are extremely grateful. The next stage there is to extend the club session hours offering participation, development and performance and so incorporating all ages, abilities and disabilities.
We have added a physiotherapy programme with the work of two extremely talented and dedicated volunteer physiotherapist who offer advice and physiotherapy to our performance athletes as required. This has proven to be hugely beneficial.
We continue to foster understanding and relationships in the Community by offering taster sessions to various schools and events and that is now developing into a rolling programme. A highlight being our attendance and support of the Paralympic Experiencein schools. We view this as an integral part of the work of the Club in reaching as many people as possible.
And finally, we were delighted to learn that we were successful in our application to Direct Club Investment. This will provide funding, over four years, for additional training fordevelopment and performance players through a number of coaching initiatives and encourage the early identification of talented athletes. It also means we are able to introduce a new tier of competition into Disability Badminton in Scotland. Currently, there are opportunities to play socially or nationally but this will allow the creation of an additional strand of regional competition ensuring that everyone has the opportunity for competitive play.
Teams prepare for East Lothian Games
The club is looking to enter 4 teams into the East Lothian Games Badminton event. The teams will be made up of players, coaches and volunteers and will hopefully provide a great opportunity for the whole club to get involved, either through playing or supporting. The event takes place on Saturday June 21st from 10am at Meadowmill Sports centre. The teams will be up against local club players as well as junior players from across the region. The standard will be a good level so it will not be suitable for all members, but we hope that those not selected in a team will come and watch. Teams to be announced the week starting 9/6/14.
The Club Commonwealth Baron Carriers
Colin to carry the 2014 Commonwealth Games Baton
This is the e-mail that Colin recieved yesterday with the brilliant news. We think he will be carrying it through Dalkieth and as soon as we know the date we shall arrange a day out!!!
We are delighted to advise you that your application to be a batonbearer in Midlothian on the Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been successful.
You will have the honour of carrying the Queen's Baton as it travels the length and breadth of Scotland on the way to its final destination at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By the time it arrives in Scotland, the baton will have been on an epic 248 day journey around all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
Club Nights Dates at Musselburgh confirmed
Club nights at Musselburgh will continue through until Tuesday 1st July 2014 when we will have our summer break. We will then start back on Tuesday 19th August.
Three dates we will not have the club running will be 23rd December, 30th December and 6th January 2015.
LDBC SHuttlers 4 Nations Success
It was a fantastic weekends Badminton at the Scottish Para-Badminton 4 Nations Championships in Ravenscraig. The team of players from the club did exceptionally well. Medals went to debutants, Jenny Gray and Michael McCraw in the LD category. Jenny getting a Silver in the singles and a Gold in the Mixed and Michael reaching the semi-finals in his singles and being Runner-up in the doubles. Alan Oliver lost in the SL3 Mens Singles Final and also claimed an excellent Silver in the Mens Doubles with Colin Leslie. Fiona Christie bagged a trio of medals, two Silvers and a Gold, winning the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair combined section. Duncan Taylor (WH2) showed that he has improved again from last year and had some great games over the two days. It was also a debut for Kenneth Ashurst in the extremely strong SL4/SU5 category, but what a great debut at this level and one he should take great strength from. It was also great to see Conor McFarlane back in action in the SL3 singles, showing he still has great potential to get back to the top. Naill Jarvie (SL3) also again showed that he is so close to beating the top players with some encouraging performances. Ross Roley and Andrew Davies in the SS6 category played really well and entertained the crowd with their efforts. Never giving up and openly enjoying their games. Great stuff. Bobby Laing (SS6) played really well and showed against Naill McVeigh (World Champion) that he is really improving and getting closer to the 'big' guys. To all the parents and supporters a big thank you as well. The club are very proud of all of you. Next year we will have more players taking part no doubt.
Club Players set for 4 Nations Challenge
A number of club players will be on their way to Ravenscraig for the Scottish 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships from 14-16th February. Colin Leslie, Alan Oliver, Naill Jarvie, Conor McFarlane, Bobby Laing, Ross Foley, Kenneth Ashurst, Jenny Gray, Michael McCraw, Andrew Davies, Duncan Taylor, Fiona Christie and Kirsty Johnson-Jones will all be taking part over the weekend. Good luck to all of them and fingers crossed for a handfull of medals.
Physiotherapy Scheme launched
A new Physiotherapgy support scheme for the clubs Performance players has been introduced. The service will provide treatment, screening and support and education, giving the players a frist class service and assiting them with their training and well being. The club hope that by working closely with Physio's Jo and Ellen the scheme can go from strength to strength.
Six sports fight it out for Tokyo Paralympics place
Cut and paste link below to see who Para-Badminton is up against.
Work on DCI underway
Work has started on the new DCI plan. The club has aquired the services of a number of additional (level2) coaches to work with the Performance players and been checking out possible venues and times. More coaches to assist with the clubs current staff are also being sought with the plan to reduce the player to coach ratio. The club hope that sessions can get started around the end of February / beginning of March, when a further push for new members and volunteers wil commence. All exciting stuff.
Disability Badminton Workshop
March 15th, Haddington (Venue tbc) 9-5pm (approx). LDBC coaches places are already paid for. The workshop is our opportunity to meet and discuss the coaching of disabled players from all categories, working in groups and dealing with different on court senario's. It is a great opportunity for us to get together and share knowledge and experience. The workshop will be run by the Club's Chairperson, Lyndon Williams and co-writer of the course. The course will also hopefully attract coaches and volunteers from outside the club, thuis adding yet another positive dimension to the workshop. Forms will be circulated soon via Badminton Scotland.
Direct Club Investment meeting...
Great meeting with coaches and volunteers last night to discuss the club's Direct Club Investment grant. A lot of work to be done but exciting times ahead no doubt. What we need in the meantime is for everyone to rally round, keep the club buzzing, find more new members, volunteers and coaches and raise more money...so not much really!! Thanks again to those who came along last night, your time and support is much appreciated.
Finals Day at the World Para-Badminton Championships - For the Scottish Para-Badminton Team, the 2014 Championships have finished and today they will be able to reflect on a long hard week as 26 finals are played in Dortmund. Yesterday as play reached the latter stages the level of skill rose considerably. It was pleasing to see that the Scots were still competing and just perhaps could have had a semi-final to take home, but, alas it wasn't to be. Fiona Christie, only just back from a shoulder injury was a whisker away from a semi-final in Both Doubles and Mixed in Wheelchair class 2 and also reached the quarters in singles, loosing to the World No.1 from Turkey. Allan Oliver found the SL4 category a challenge, however after getting over the shock of being re-classified in this higher class, showed great maturity in just getting on with the job. Maybe after further consideration and observation by the classifiers he may end up back in SL3,,here he will compete. David Purdie, as ever, gave 100% and showed that working hard in training does make a difference. This experience will hopefully spur him on once again. For Colin Leslie and Naill Jarvie in SL3, there were opportunities in both singles and doubles that just went begging. Their best chance of a semi came in the doubles, when leading 18-17 in the first set of their quarter, a missed opportunity at the net and a poor line call cost them the set and momentum. For Naill in the singles, once again it is clear that he strikes the shuttle as clean as anyone and needs to be able to make use of this by working hard if he wishes to have an impact in this class. Finally to Bobby Laing and his first experience of International Para-Badminton Competition. Lots of court time, lots of challenging matches, highs and lows, these will all help Bobby become a better player and this experience was of great value to his future development. Finally a big thank you to Alan (Bobby's dad) for all his help in 'directing' the team through much of the week and to Kaity, the coach, who has given so much both in preparation and at this weeks event. She knows what needs to be done and will no doubt be getting straight on to things as soon as the Team get back.. A great week where all could see where they sit as far as performance is concerned and what they now need to do. The Europeans is next year and Team Para-Badminton Scotland will be there to make an impact...of that, there is no doubt.
Day 1 of the World Para-Badminton Championships in Dortmund has been a mixed one for the Scots. Alan Oliver, now playing up in SL4 found the going touch and so to did David Purdie. However, David rallied to win his second match and will not proceed out of his group to do battle again tomorrow. Naill and Colin both lost their opening matches to strong opponents. Colin will complete again tomorrow however, Naill, even though playing much better in his second fixture went down fighting 21-15, 22-10 to a tough Indian opponent. Fiona has done exceptionally well and won both er wheelchair singles matches and will now be playing in the quarter finals. Fiona was not so prosperous in the mixed where she went out in the group stages with her partner Martin Rooke. Bobby had the toughest task of all the the SS6 singles, having to play World Champion Naill McVeight of Ireland and Ollie Clarke from England. Great experience for Bobby and even though he did loose both, he fought really hard, remained composed and won some great rallies.
Tomorrow will be the continuation of the singles and the start of the doubles where we are hoping for more success and continued good performances.
Day 3- Practice makes Perfect at the Para-Badminton Worlds...
Today saw all 38 countries enjoy a mass day of practice. 13 courts used non stop from 9 am to 6 pm, with Malaysia alongside Columbia, Scotland with Australia, England v Brazil, Uganda and Boznia Herzegovina to name but a few of the colourful combinations on court. Short Stature mixed with Wheelchair and Standing displaying an incredible range of disability and fantastic ability underlying once more that the event will be the highest quality Para- Badminton tournament of all time. As the marathon classification was completed just before lunch, the managers and technical staff of the event went through the process of confirming the entries and classes and the Main draw for the event is complete.
The Mayor of Dortmund joined Paul Kurzo BWF Vice President Para-Badminton to welcome the countries to the event and wished all a successful tournament. Each team was presented with a welcome pack and the well known family atmosphere was very much to the fore. A welcome meal was served to all in the sports hall and an early finish at 9.30 pm to ensure that everyone made it away from the centre safely..the reason being that the mighty Borussia Dortmund FC were playing a Champions League Football match v Arsenal and 70,000 spectators would be filling the road directly outside the Badminton venue. We may not have 70,000 spectators, but the event will have passion, power and skill in every possible form. Play starts at 9 am on Thursday with singles, followed by mixed. Para-Badminton's greatest show on earth is about to take off.
Day 2....Classification Controversy
Alan Oliver, World Number 1 in Standing Lower 3 and current European Champion, was dramatically reclassified into Standing Lower 4, which plays in full court as opposed to SL3's usual half court. Alan is not the only one to loose out to the classifiers as top English and German players, Daniel Lee and Tim Haller have both been moved to SL4. This also causes changes to be made with the Doubles and as yet the teams are undecided as to what to do. A decision will need to be made before the draw meeting tomorrow at 12 noon as to whether Colin will now partner Naill and Alan team up with David. Bobby and Fiona are both fine with their classifications. With over 80 players classified in a day that also included practice times for the 250 odd players, tere were a number of high profile changes as well as a couple of protests.The two classification panels workd tirelessly throughout the day and will start again at 9am in the morning. Further practice and yet another 50 players will be classified in the morning before the draw will be published. While the classification work was being carried out the hall began to take shape and now looks like a World Championship arena. 11 courts, 1 extra than originally planned, have been set up, a portable wooden floor providing an perfect service for 5 of the wheelchair courts with 6 available for the standing on more traditional hova courts. The Team managers meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday will establish the tournament rules and regulations before dedicating it's time to concluding the draw for this vast entry. Live scoring will also be available for the first time and this can be viewed through the BWF website on the World Championships page. Wednesday will see completion of all classification, practice, draws and opening ceremony and welcome reception before play starts on Thursday at 9am. It''s sure to be yet another full day.
In less than two weeks the six strong Scottish para-Badminton team will be heading to Dortmund for the challenge of their sporting careers. The 2013 World Para-Badminton Championships is the biggest in history and a real watereshed event for Para-Badminton. Nearly 25 players from 38 countries and 5 continents...it almost doubles previous entries to the event, and as a mark of how the sport has developed, it would surely receive an A+. The players are under no illusion that this will define where they are in relation to the World rankings and will hopefully inspire them and Badminton Scotland Para-Badminton programme to push on. Alan Oliver, Standing Lower 3 (SL3) will go in as World No1, but will need to be at his absolute best to stand up to the strong challenge from Asia. The 48 strong entry in the SL3 class is the biggest category and with 4 of the Scottish standing payers in this category, any medal will be a brilliant achievement. Colin Leslie and Alan Oliver, David Purdie and Naill Jarvie make up the two doubles pairings....hopefully, as David is being reclassified from SL4 to SL3, a decision that will take place the day before the event starts! Fiona Christie, coming back to form after a shoulder injury will compete in the Wheelchair Class 2 (WH2) category. Fiona will partner England Paula Robinson in the Ladies Doubles and Martin Rooke in the Mixed. Again a strong entry of nearly 20 in both singles and mixed and 14 in the doubles, Fiona's first taste of international Para-Badminton will be a tough one.
The final player in the Scottish team is young Bobby Laing in the Short Stature (SS6) category. Also, Bobby's first taste of International Para-Badminton, Bobby will partner Isaak Dalglish in a young pairing that will have a great chance of progressing. The standard will be incredibly high and the Scottish team will want to thank Badminton Scotland and Scottish Disability Sport for their support by delivering first class performances. Kaity Hall, National Coach, will accompany the team and be working harder than ever to ensure the Scots do themselves proud. Look out for the daily blogg from the event from Kaity at the championships on the Badminton Scotland website, and watch the progress of every team member.
Many congratulations to the players who have been selected for the forthcoming World Championships in Dortmund in November. The players selected from the club are:
Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Naill Jarvie, Bobby Laing and Fiona Christie.
They will join David Purdie and Kaity Hall (Coach) in the 6 strong squad who will attempt to maintain the Scottish record of medalling in the last three major events (two Euroepans and one World Championship). Good luck to them all.
Meadowmill Festival success
On Wednesday 11th September, a club team, lead by Alan Oliver attended the East Lothian Disability Badminton Festival. Along with Alan, Ashley, Colin, Fiona, Dave, Ross, Karen and Jenny assited students from Telford Colege as they worked with the 40 odd pupils through a number of fun games and activities. Disabilities from Deaf to LD were in attendance and the kids all had a blast. A great mornings work. Well done team and especially well done Alan for directing things so well.
David Moorcroft and the Join In Team on Fun Night
As part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, the Join In campaign have been travelling the whole of the UK to visit clubs and events to celebrate the success of the 2012 Games and to honour some of Sports unsung heroes. One of their last stops was Musselburgh Sports Centre on Tuesday 3rd September to visit Lothian Disability Badminton Club.
With the club out in force, David Moorcroft, former 5000m World record holder and the Join In Ambassador, was able to experience the club in full flow. During the evening he played an active role in the club, playing badminton with people with a broad range of disabilities as well as receiving instruction on the challenges of hitting a shuttle while taking part from a wheelchair.
During the evening he also presented an award to Christine Black, East Lothian Badminton Development Officer for her continued work, above and beyond her remit, and especially for the development of Disability Badminton. A further award went to one of the younger members of the club, Ross Foley for his commitment and attitude to the club and for setting such a great example to all.
The club are always keen to welcome new members, coaches and volunteers and further details are available from the website: www.lothiandisabilitybadmintonclub.org.uk or from the Chairperson, Lyndon Williams on email@example.com
FUN NIGHT - Tuesday 3rd September
Please Note: Everyone from Musselburgh should just come along at their usual times. Anyone travelling from Bathgate please contact Lyndon to check they are going to the correct session.
FORMER WORLD 5000m RECORD HOLDER, DAVE MOORCROFT TOURS THE UK TO HELP INSPIRE A NEW ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS ONE YEAR ON FROM LONDON 2012
Join In, the home of the Olympic and Paralympics volunteers, is running a summer-long drive to encourage people to volunteer in their local communities.
Taking place over the anniversary period of the Games, (27 July – 9 September 2013) the Join In Summer 2013 is bringing the legacy to your doorstep with over 10,000 local events being put on in clubs and community groups across the UK. Olympians and Paralympians including Nicola Adams, Jason Kenny, Richard Whitehead and Mark Foster have already got involved and lent a hand at clubs local to them. Over the course of the summer, Dave is travelling to all four corners of the UK, and trying his hand at sports ranging from netball to badminton, in a bid to encourage local people to help out at clubs and groups in any way they can, whether that’s making tea and sandwiches or filing the monthly accounts. Having competed in three Olympic Games during his career, Dave knows just how important the role of volunteers is to ensure that Team GB continue to be a strong force in the years to come.
Dave and the Join in team will be visiting the Lothian Disability Badminton Club on Tuesday September 3rd from 6-9pm. The club are staging a fun night and welcoming any players with a disability to come along and join in with fun games and coaching, and also to have a game against a former World Record Holder.
Lyndon Williams, Chairperson of the club, said:
“This is a great opportunity to people to come along and have a game of Badminton and enjoy the atmosphere of a very friendly club. We hope that new and existing members will have a great evening and take plenty of opportunities to challenge Dave, who we are thrilled to have attending the club”.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014
The club are organising a day out at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday 26th July 2014, to watch the Badminton. There are two sessions, 9.30 to 12.30 and 6.30 to 10.30 (Quarter-Finals - Team event). We are sure to see most of the 4 Nations in action. This will give everyone time in between to go and see other sports if they wish. Please let me know if you want to be added to the ticket list as we only have a short space of time to apply.
The New Section started last night with great success. 9 players on the books and 6 made it to the first session. Colin Leslie, Lead Coach, was delighted with the turn out; "We couldn't have wished for more, a great bunch of players and plenty of potential. I think we are going to have lots of fun". With more players expected next week, the new section looks like it's going to be busy. The main section at Musselburgh got off to the usual manic start, however after all the 'welcome backs' were out of the way, it was a great night. We are hoping that the new members will enjoy the mix of fun and competition and also the new coaching plans we have for this season.
All Set for the New Season
Tuesday and Wednesday 13th / 14th August will see the start of the new season and also the start of the additional session for new players (6-7pm Tuesday at Musselburgh). The response has been great and we can't wait to see everyone back in the swing of things.
Join In FUN NIGHT
As part of a National project to get more people involved in sport, the club have become involved with the Join In campaign
On TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD 7-9PM the club will be hosting a FUN NIGHT. TV crew along with former Althetic World Record Holder David Moorecroft will be coming along to the club to see everyone enjoying a night of Badminton and also joining in.
You can view the club event on the link below.
Please make sure you come along (with your club shirt), bring a friend, your parents anybody that wants to enjoy a night of Badminton, fun games and also a chance to try out the latest Badminton equipment. Please circulate to everyone.
News Section Set to Start
The Musselburgh section of the Lothian Disability Badminton Club has expanded further to include an earlier ‘beginner’ section which would mean this section now ran over 3 hours allowing us to accommodate all players in ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ playing sections. This would allow us to classify and pair up appropriate level players on ability rather than disability.
The new session will run from 6-7pm on a Tuesday starting on August 13th. 2013. This will run immediately prior to the existing section and has been funded by sported., one of the UK’s leading 2012 legacy organisations empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.’
If there is anyone interested in coming along, please just contact Lyndon on 07846275132 or e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Leslie, one of Scotland’s leading Disability players and Fraser Whillans former top junior player will lead the coaching team with support from other players in the club.
“We really hope this will provide an excellent opportunity for more disabled players to come along and experience the sport of Badminton and enjoy the coaching and social aspects of the club. We are grateful to the support from Sported who have made this expansion possible and also to the Musselburgh Sports Centre who have been exceptionally supportive of the club and its developments” says Lyndon Williams, Chairman of the Club.
New Annual Membership Fee for Season 2013/14
This season the club will be introducing an annual membership fee of £25 for the first time which will go with the regular £4 per night fee. The club have been successful in generating a significant amount of funding over the years and will continually to look at this in order to make the club accessible for everyone.
However, it is important that the club starts to generate its own finances and move towards self sufficiency. So, and along with the membership fee we hope that we can stage a number of annual fundraising events each year as well.
Coaches and Volunteers, who give up their time and expertise for free are not expected to pay the membership fee, however should they wish to make a private donation to the club, they can do so on the same form which will be emailed to everyone on our lists. If you don't receive a form please let us know.
And, of course, we still feel, and hope you agree, that the Club still represents excellent value for money with the provision of courts, equipment, coaching and player development, access to coach education (where appropriate), and of course the Club Tops!!
I trust that everyone will support this new development and that the club will continue to provide a positive environment for all its members.
Lyndon - Chairperson.
The clubs wishes everyone a wonderful summer break and hope that the weather continues to shine. We look forward to seeing you in August.
Lothian Disability Sport - Awards
Congratulations to Carol (McFarlane / Treasurer + ) and Colin (Leslie / Vice-Chair) for winning Lothian Disability Sport, Volunteer of the Year and Senior Player of the Year respectively. Carol's committment to the club and her work in an ever growing range of areas could never be fully appreciated. Since becoming involved in the club in 2008, Carol has been influencial in the development of the club through her sheer passion and drive, not forgetting to mention her ability to seek out and find funding!. We are truly lucky to have someone with such dedication on board.
Colin continues to be an inspiration to everyone at the club. He has made a big difference to the atmosphere on club nights at Musselburgh as well as the taster days he always gets involved in. He has developed as a player (and coach) and made big strides into the Scottish Team and also on the Internnational curcuit. Nothing is any trouble for Colin or 'Nae Bother' as he often says.
The club are very lucky to have two such people on the team and our thanks and congratuations go to both of them.
Level 1A Coach Awards
Congratulations to Fiona Cameron, Naill Jarvie, David Laing and Chris Wight for successfully passing the Scottish Badminton Level 1A Coach Education award.
Big thank you to Musselburgh Sports Centre and Bathgate Academy for sorting new nets for us. No more aiming at the holes!!!
Many thanks to everyone who attended the AGM last night and also to Scottish Disability Sport for hosting us at their HQ. It was an excellent meeting with plenty of debate and discussion. Also....lots of action points and therefore lots to do!!! The minutes are being checked at present and will be with you soon. Please have a read and let us have any comments, thoughts or ideas.
Fiona's School gets Scottish Badminton Award
Not only is Fiona (Cameron) a valued Coach at the LDBC, she is also the founder and coach of MUSSELBURGH'S Stoneyhill Primary School which has been named BADMINTONscotland School of the Month for May in recognition of its excellent school badminton programme.
The award was presented by East Lothian Council's badminton development officer Christine Black and junior Scotland internationalist Megan Richardson, from Haddington, last Thursday and recognises the efforts of staff and volunteers in providing opportunities for pupils to participate and compete in badminton.
Well done to Fiona for this and for all her work at the disability club.
New Section to start from August 13th at Musselburgh 6-7pm for new junior and beginner players of all ages and abilities. The club have secured a funding grant from Sported to enable us to start this new section. We are now looking for new players to populate this group which will also act as a feeder to the later session if required.