Scottish Schools Badminton

The Highland qualifier for the Scottish Schools Badminton competition was held in Inverness today.

Scottish Schools Badminton

Anna Maclennan (S1) was paired with a partner from another school and won the U16 girls doubles consolation round. Sam (S1) got to the 1/4 finals of the consolation round with his partner from Inverness Royal. Nadia (S4) and Eoin (S3) got the the semi finals of the mixed doubles, Joel (S4) and Eoin won the doubles consolation round and Nadia and Emma (S4) were second in the girls doubles. Nadia won the U16 girls singles, Emma got knocked out at the 1/4 finals and Eoin won the U16 singles consolation round (even though he’s in S3). Emma and Nadia will be invited to the Scottish schools final for doubles and Nadia for singles.

Scottish Schools Badminton

Very well done everyone and a massive thanks to Lisa O’Brien and Maureen Cumming for giving up their day to take the pupils and support them through the day.

Ross-Shire Schools Badminton

Gairloch did very well in the recent Ross Shire schools S1-3 Badminton competition. Thanks to parent volunteers Maureen Cumming and Peter Fenton for taking the pupils and Lisa O’Brien and Dr Caley for doing a great job of coaching on a Tuesday after school.

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Sam Frost, Liam Forbes, Isabelle Gallacher, Nadia Fenton, Emma MacDonald, Eoin Cumming, Josh Tallach and Joel Goldby all went along, everyone won a game or more and lost some too. Overall a great day, well done everyone!

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Girls Singles Winner – Nadia Fenton (S3); runner up – Emma MacDonald(S3)

Boys Singles Winner – Eoin Cumming (S2); 3rd – Joel Goldby (S3) and 4th Josh Tallach(S2)

Girls Doubles Winners – Nadia & Emma

Boys Doubles Winners – Eoin & Josh beat Joel and Sam Frost (S1) in the final in a very close game.

Highland Badminton Competition

On Friday the 20th of January, Josh Tallach, Liam Forbes, and Eoin Cumming went to Inverness to represent the school at an S1/2 Badminton competition. This was a new team event organised by Badminton Scotland. They did very well against some of the bigger schools and went on to win their league which put them into the final.

This is what Josh had to say:

It was an early rise, with us having to be in Inverness for 9:30am. This was a great experience for us and we learnt a lot from watching other players. We managed to get to the final, but we got beaten by Millburn Academy. We are really thankful that Mrs Cumming took us over and supported us throughout the day. We are also thankful to Mrs Hildrey for organising everything. This was a great day out that we enjoyed.

Josh Tallach, S2

Highland Badminton

A number of pupils from S1-4 have been training for the Scottish Schools Badminton Qualifiers and they recently traveled to Inverness with Mrs Hildrey to take part in the first round of the contest.

Highland Badminton 2016

Anna, Emma, Nadia, Sam, Joel, Matthew, Eoin and Josh at the qualifiers in Inverness. Click on the photo to see more from the competition.

For most of them it was their first badminton competition and they were up against some very good players including Scotlands no2 seeded player for U15. They were all very committed and played their best.

Nadia and Emma moved up a category this year so were in the U16’s even though they’re only 14 and are already making good steps which puts them in a good position for next year. Eoin got to the semi’s and nearly everyone else got to a quarter final in either the main competition and/or a mixture of quarter’s , semi’s and winners in the consolation prize rounds.


Playing in the Inverness competition.

Eoin and Nadia also played in the U15 Highland Badminton competition. This included players from Moray, Wick, and Orkney as well as Inverness and Wester Ross (our two!). Participation in this competition counts towards Badminton Scotland seedings. Eoin played very well, first time in a competition at this level. He had several games, one against the Scotland no 2 seed (again) and some very close matches. He really enjoyed the day and will have another year in this age group. This was Nadia’s last year in her category. She came third in the singles, won the doubles with her partner Emma Donald from Forres Academy, and came fourth in the mixed doubles with partner Euan Forsyth from Culloden HIgh School. There’s more information and photographs of this event here.

Volunteer coach Lisa O’Brien along with teachers Mr Cumming, Mrs Hildrey and Dr Caley will continue working with these pupils over the next term. Thank you to each of them for their continued support.