Banchory Sports Centre was the venue for the 2012 Badminton Sportshall Challenge when eight teams from primary schools throughout Aberdeenshire South competed for the McGarry Trophy.
The competition, arranged jointly by Active Schools & Active Aberdeenshire engages P3-5 pupils in fun activities providing an introduction to the skills of badminton and developing their movement and hand eye co-ordination.
The schools who qualified through the cluster rounds to take part in the regional final were Catterline, Bervie, Mill O’Forest, Auchenblae, Redmyre, St Cyrus, Lumphanan and Kincardine O’Neil.
All pupils had received in school time coaching sessions which prepared them well for the competition.
The competition provided two hours of constant activity and the teams showed off their skills effectively.
Mill O’Forest Primary of Stonehaven, winners in 2011 managed to successfully retain the trophy with a magnificent display of teamwork and ability.
Runners-up place was very close with Catterline getting the better of St Cyrus by only two points.
All the teams did their schools proud both with their competitive spirit and enthusiasm which provided for a fun packed morning.
Mark Leith, Mackie Academy, was in action at the Four Nations International Quadrangular event at the Badminton Academy, Scotstoun, where he was part of the winning Scottish team who claimed victory with wins against Wales, Ireland and England,
The Scotland team is pictured bottom right.
Mark also reached the semi-finals of all three individual events, the singles, doubles and mixed doubles.