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Sad News for Scottish Badminton fans

There was sad news for the world of Scottish badminton this week with the passing of Pamela Hamilton, a former Scottish National Singles and Doubles champion in the early 1980.

The announcement in 2007 that Glasgow was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Games brought back many memories of previous tournaments and Hamilton had represented Scotland in the 1978 games in Canada and she later returned to the event in 1982 when the tournament took place in Australia. In addition to her Commonwealth exploits, Hamilton competed in the 1986 European Championships and took her place in the team against an England select in the 1986/87 season and for the 1987-88 Uber Cup campaign.

With an international career that earned her 74 caps for Scotland, the highlight of her career came in the1980/81 season when Hamilton scooped the National Singles and Doubles titles, the latter with Alison Fulton as her partner. Hamilton successfully defended her Singles title the following year and managed to reclaim the Doubles title in 1982/83, again with Fulton as her partner.

Hamilton was playing badminton in Scotland at a time when the Womens national game was strong and this was a deciding factor in her not collecting more titles throughout the years. In a different generation, Pamela Hamilton would have filled a trophy room of medals and awards but competing with players like Joanna Flockhart and Alison Fulton prevented her from adding to her haul but she still gained plaudits and praise from opponents and team-mates alike. Her run of final performances proved that Hamilton was a consistently strong player and she will be sadly missed as she remained a strong supporter of the game in Scotland even long after her retirement.

No doubt many of Hamiltons former team-mates will be saddened by the news and her former international team-mate Christine Black shared some memories about their time together. "She used to stay with us whenever she was playing tournaments in Edinburgh." Obviously this meant there was a level of closeness between the two, which Black confirmed by adding "We were very close in those days and she (Hamilton) was a really talented player and such fun to be with, especially on trips abroad."

In addition to the loss of Hamilton, Scottish badminton has suffered the loss of another its leading lights with Eddie Gibb passing away on the 22nd of January.

Gibb, as a former Vice-President of Badminton Scotland and President of Badminton Scotland Court Officials served the game with distinction for many years and was frequently found refereeing and directing Scottish tournaments in addition to travelling abroad to undertake the role of umpire. Throughout the years, Gibb performed many roles to help the sport flourish and will undoubtedly be a sad loss and Scottish Badminton is definitely worse off with these recent losses.

With the Yonex Scottish National Champions taking place in Perth over the weekend beginning February 1st, its bound to contain some emotional moments as ex-players and officials meet up for the first time after the news of these two Scottish Badminton stalwarts passing.

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