Quiet man of Borders badminton receives top national honour

FOLLOWING the Badminton Scotland National Junior Championships, popular Borders coach Peter Hardie from Duns was awarded the Donella Crawford Award for his outstanding contribution to coaching young people in badminton.

Although he plans to step down as coaching convener for the Borders at the end of this season, Hardie will carry on the work he began more than 34 years ago and still be very much a part of the sport locally.

It was announced at the presentation ceremony at Meadowbank that the award was for “working tirelessly in a voluntary capacity for both his club (Duns) and the wider Borders players”.

Mr Hardie has introduced hundreds of children to the sport over the years and regularly provides coaching and advice to young players and coaches around the Borders.

Not one to court the limelight himself, he has brought numerous local players to the attention of the Scottish coaches and has been a Scottish Schools selector too.

He organises local area qualifiers as well as undertaking meticulous administration work as part of Duns Badminton club and the Borders Group. Fellow coach and Borders Badminton Group convener, Lynn Young, told TheSouthern: “It is fair to say that Peter has been the key influence in the ongoing provision of badminton in the Borders area over the past 30-odd years and has been a pivotal figure.

“He encourages budding new coaches to attend courses and helps them to develop their skills. He is a much loved and respected gentleman, not just in the Borders, but also throughout Scotland.”

On the day, Peter enjoyed watching two of his players – Lucy Nevin from Duns (under-17) and Annabel Young from West Linton (under-13) reach the finals of the girls’ doubles finals.

Both girls did very well to reach the finals day in both the singles and the level doubles, but unfortunately only made it through to the doubles finals.

Robbie Patterson from Eyemouth was extremely disappointed not to be able to play due to a damaged hamstring which put him out of the championships altogether. All three players are part of the Athlete Support Programme and have had a great season.