Mackie youngster called up for international duty

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MACKIE Academy athlete Matthew Duguid has received the prestigious honour of being selected to represent his country playing badminton at the forthcoming Home Nations U15 Quadrangular International.

This year’s event is being staged at the Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin, from Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5.

He follows in the footsteps of fellow squad members and Mackie Academy school mates, Sean Leith and Jacob Reynolds, who played in the event in 2011 in Milton Keynes, and Mark Leith who played in the event last year at Glasgow’s Scotstoun International Sports Arena where Scotland were successful winning the event.

Matthew’s selection is well deserved following a successful season and consistent performances in both singles and doubles disciplines. He currently holds the U15 Scottish National Title for doubles losing out in the final of the singles event to partner Alex Dunn, Motherwell.

Other titles won during the season so far include doubles at the U15 Midland, again losing out in the singles final to his partner Alex, U15 singles at the East of Scotland where he was runner up with partner Scott Waddell in the doubles event to Glasgow’s Grimley twins.

South of the border, in singles, Matthew was runner up in the U14 Warwick Rising Stars in April, and reached the semi-final of the U15 Gold Star event in Leigh. He has also won three doubles titles at the Badminton England U15 Gold events in Leigh, York and Milton Keynes. His most recent success was double victory at this weekends Glasgow U15 championships, winning the singles and the doubles event with Scott Waddell, Glasgow.

Matthew, a member of the Scottish U16 National Squad, attends regular training sessions both locally and at the National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun, Glasgow. He is currently sponsored by Carlton Dunlop International who provide clothing and equipment and has also received financial support from Sport Scotland, all of which has helped Matthew to continue training in Glasgow and compete both in Scotland and further afield.

The team comprises five boys and five girls from throughout Scotland and in the team event they can be selected to play in up to two disciplines in each match.

Given Matthew’s current national rankings, two for singles and doubles and three for mixed doubles, it is not yet known which disciplines he will play but given that both his regular partners, Alex Dunn, Motherwell and Gemma Wright, Edinburgh are also in the team he will be happy to compete in whatever disciplines he is selected.

Matches will commence following the opening ceremony on Friday morning with the team event being concluded that day. The team event is then 
followed by an individual event held over Saturday and Sunday. This will be equally as competitive as the team event given that the competitors are representing the top players of the home nations.

Matthew has also been selected to play in the U15 Olve Junior International tournament in Belgium during the last week end in March and the U15 Glasgow International team event to be held on May 24 comprising the current top two ranked boys and girls in Scotland.

He said: “I am looking forward to the Quadrangular and hope that the team can achieve the same winning result as last year.”