National badminton titles for Young and Patterson

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A very long but exciting competition ended in success for two young Borderers in the fantastic venue at Ravenscraig in Motherwell.

West Linton’s Annabel Young and Robbie Patterson from Eyemouth had both grafted through the summer, training with Athlete Support Programme coach and former Scottish champion Dan Travers, and it seems to have paid off for them both at the Scottish national event.

Young and Dundee’s Lauren Middleton teamed up in the under-15 doubles and defeated Sarah Sidebottom of Rothesay and Ciara Torrance of Prestwick in a closely-contested final 21-6; 13-21; 21-16. Coach Travers was very impressed and said that it was “the best technical play” he had seen her perform.

Young also performed very well in the singles, too, reaching the quarter-finals on the Saturday, only to be put out by doubles partner Lauren. The Borderer, who is supported by the Athlete Support Programme, commented: “I was not happy with my performance in the singles and I just wanted the doubles so badly. I can’t believe it has finally happened. I am so happy.”

Patterson had the satisfaction of lifting the singles title before being narrowly edged out in the final of the doubles.

Borders Badminton chair and coaching development convener Lynne Young said: “It was nail-biting stuff and you sit there playing all the shots with them.

“This is so great for the Borders as we are much smaller than other regions and have less resources in terms of courts, hall sizes and financial backing, yet we still keep producing the talented players.”

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