Scotland selection

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Dedication and continued consistent performance throughout the season has proved fruitful for two Stonehaven badminton players. Sean Leith and Jacob Reynolds, both pupils at Mackie Academy have been selected to represent Scotland at the forthcoming Quadrangular to be staged at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes from 29th April to 1st May.

The boys will compete in the team event against England, Wales and Ireland possibly featuring in all three disciplines, singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Once the team event is complete all 40 players from the 4 nations will then compete in an open event once again all disciplines will be contested. This is a fantastic and very well deserved achievement for both boys who have competed in the sport for over 5 years.

Having started their sporting careers at the local Aberdeenshire council run development squads they have worked their way through to the performance squads, representing both Aberdeenshire and the North East on many occasions.

This, coupled with the support they have received from their schools, Mill O’Forest Primary and Mackie Academy, the many coaches and their families, has helped pave the way for the boys, who feel privileged, to have received the opportunity to compete in their favoured sport at the highest level possible for their age group.

The team will travel to Milton Keynes under the supervision of lead coach, Karen Stalker, assisted by Andy Bowman, who will support, coach and encourage the athletes throughout the tournament.

Aberdeenshire badminton development officer, Joan Prieur said: “It is great to see these athletes being rewarded for their hard work and effort over the past five years. Both Jacob and Sean continue to train locally as well as travelling to Glasgow on a weekly basis to attend Scottish squad training.

“This could not be achieved without the support of their families. All the coaches who have been involved in their development both locally and further afield are proud of the boys’ achievements.

“Both players are delighted with their selection and realise the competition will be of a very high standard but as they have earned their place amongst the nations finest I’m sure they will perform at their absolute best.”