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Young Scots Success

There may be no Scottish badminton stars selected to represent Great Britain at this years Olympic Games but that does not mean the game in Scotland has went quiet.

The past few weeks have been abuzz with junior players taking part in tournaments and making future plans which have ensured that the game in Scotland is as exciting as ever.

One of the most interesting pieces of news is that Kirsty McGlynn, a schoolgirl from the Greenock area of Scotland has been selected to represent Scotland at badminton in the UK School Games. These games take place in England in August and are a place for talented sports stars of many different types to convene and take part in a major tournament. This sort of event is great for a young player's development and allows them to get used to the pressure and demands that come from playing in a major event.

As many schools across Scotland are due to break up for the holidays soon there have also been a number of badminton tournaments with one of the most interesting taking place for the Mill O' Forrest primary school. In total, 36 young badminton hopefuls took part with much excitement on offer for the crowd of onlookers who gathered at the Mackie Academy Games Hall for the event.

The boys singles were split into four pools with the winners of each going into a semi final match. Liam Roberston was the group A victor and then was triumphant in his semi against Elliot Johnson who topped Group B. Group C was won by Jacob Reynolds and he defeated Mark Leith, who was triumphant in the Group D games, in his semi-final match.

Liam Robertson won pool A with relative ease with Kieran McAllan coming a close second. Elliot Johnson won pool B convincingly, Jacob Reynolds winning pool C, and Mark Leith won pool D with ease. The semi-final between Liam Robertson and Elliot Johnson was very close 15-13 in a very evenly matched game. In the final of the boys singles, Liam Robertson took an early lead but was quickly pegged back and over turned by Jacob Reynolds who clinched victory with a 21-7 margin.

Reynolds was also victorious in the boys Doubles event where after three Groups were played out, Reynolds and partner Christiano Magaglio defeated Liam Robertson and Josh McKay by 21-17. Two defeats in two finals was harsh on Robertson but given the very young age of his partner, both players can be very proud of their achievements throughout the event.

There was also the recent under 11 National Badminton Championships held in Glasgow and this provided further evidence of the amount of talent that is currently playing in the Scottish game. All of these events have shown that even if the major sporting event of the summer won't get to feature the talents of Scottish badminton, there is no need to be despondent as there is a lot of young talent bubbling under the radar.

Given the advances of the adult badminton players this year, the future certainly looks bright for Scottish badminton.

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