Badminton is a family affair for Maria Leith

Maria Leith in action

Maria Leith in action

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History was made last weekend at the U15 Home Nations Quad when Maria Leith, from Mackie Academy, became the third sibling of the same family to be selected to independently represent Scotland at the high profile badminton event at the Badminton Academy, Scotstoun.

Older bothers Sean and Mark were in the teams in 2011 and 2012 respectively, Scotland placing second in 2011 behind England at Milton Keynes and winners in 2012 at Scotstoun.

This feat may have been equalled by the Gilliland family in the early 2000’s however this has not been confirmed.

This is a fantastic honour for the Leith family, all of whom worked hard to merit their selection.

This also records a total of five athletes from Mackie Academy being selected for the event over the lastsix6 years, 2011 Sean and Jacob Reynolds, 2012 Mark and 2013 Matthew Duguid.

All of these players had proved worthy of their selections with consistent results however credit must also go to the great support network which is provided both by Mackie Academy and the Aberdeenshire Development structure.

Since being runners up in 2011, Scotland have recorded victories in 2012, 2013, 2015 and now also 2016, a great track record.

Maria featured in all of the team events recording victories in singles and mixed doubles in the 9-0 defeat of Wales, success in the girl’s doubles against Ireland, also a 9-0 victory and finally a win in the girls doubles against England which was a closer 6-3 victory, an overall gold performance for the young Scots.

In the open event Maria was unlucky to lose out to the Irish seed, but did progress to the quarter finals of both the mixed doubles with Alistair Campbell, Edinburgh, and with English partner Alexandra Oprisan in the doubles, losing out to established Scottish pairs in both instances.

Scotland lifted 3 out of 5 of the individual titles, losing both the boys singles and girls doubles to England, once again a fantastic overall performance by these talented youngsters.

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