THE BORDERS has yet another international hero in its midst.
Border Sport and Leisure’s new Disability Sports Officer Alan Oliver struck gold at the English Four Nations Para-Badminton Championships as Scotland scooped numerous podium finishes at the sports centre of Nottingham University.
Hailing from Alloa, Oliver took top honours in the standing SL3 half-court men’s singles, beating team-mate Niall Jarvie (Crieff) in the semi-finals before toppling England’s Daniel Bethell in straight games 21-12 21-17 in the final.
Oliver, who has cerebal palsy and has also represented Scotland in the CP World Football Championships, told TheSouthern: “I went to this competition as preparation for the European Para Badminton Championships in early June.
“It was great to get a few good matches under my belt and to gauge how much additional training I need to do before the Europeans. The event was run very well by Badminton England and most of the competitors where using this tournament as match practice for the Europeans, too.”
Oliver also encouraged others with disabilities to get involved in the sport. For information on local clubs and coaching sessions get in touch with Neil Renton – badminton development officer.