The Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth, was once again the venue for the annual Scottish Schools Badminton Union National primary schools championships. Children from throughout Scotland had competed in the past few months in local events to earn their place at the national finals. With almost 180 children making the finals, the north east was well represented with 30 children qualifying from various schools in the area.
Locally Stonehaven had 20 children, two from Dunnottar, Eilidh Mitchell and Catriona Holley, two from Arduthie, Colleen Duncan and Lucy Guest, two from Johnshaven, Lisa Porter and Katy Townsend and 14 from Mill O’Forest, Maria Leith, Naomi McGillivray, Anna Pyper, Koni Watson, Emily Martin, Gemma Berrisford, Josh McKay, David Blacklaw, Scott Waddell, Sam Muir, James Arandia, Lewis Mitchell, James Hinchcliffe and Cameron Ritchie.
All the children played exceptionally well to reach this stage however the performance of the day must go to Scott Waddell who made it to the boys singles final. Having already disposed of Christopher Grimley, Glasgow, in the quarter finals he met twin brother, Matthew Grimley in the final. The match was definitely one for the record books with end to end action from the outset. Both boys are members of the U12 national development squad and have been rivals throughout the season. The match was full of excitement and tremendous skill and composure was displayed by both boys. With the game evenly matched throughout it was impossible to predict a winner and the final score could not have been much closer, Matthew winning the title 25–23. Other notable performances on the day came from Josh McKay and David Blacklaw reaching the quarter finals of the boys’ doubles with David also winning the boys’ singles consolation event. James Arandia and Lewis Mitchell reached the final of the boys’ doubles consolation event losing out to Daniel Newton and David Stewart 21–16 and Naomi McGillivray losing out to Rachel Mathers, 21-15 in the final of the girls consolation singles event.