Caithness badminton juniors win trophies at Kirkwall event
A SQUAD of junior members of Caithness Badminton Association travelled to Orkney to take part in a major tournament with 78 youngsters from all over the Highlands competing over a full weekend.
The players competed at under-14, under-16 and under-18 level at Kirkwall's Pickaquoy Centre and many of the Caithness players took trophies home.
Mark McCoustra and Nicole Miller both took runner-up positions in the U18s singles and in the U18 mixed doubles. Kirsty Henderson partnered up with Abbie Barrie from Inverness to also take runner-up spot in U14 girls' doubles.
Will Oag and Allan Robertshaw gained fourth place in the U16 boys' doubles. Finlay Swanson and Kyran Alexander were consolation winners in the U14 boys doubles, with Will Oag consolation winner in U18 mixed doubles.
The coaches were delighted with the performance of all the youths and also with their excellent behaviour over the weekend.
The trip was funded through the Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and Tesco Bags of Help, and was also sponsored by NorthLink Ferries.
Marion McCoustra, one of the volunteer coaches, said: “We are very grateful to the Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and Tesco Bags of Help as well as NorthLink Ferries for making this trip possible and allowing our juniors to take part in such high-standard tournaments.
"The kids were amazing. They rose to the challenge with top players from all over the Highlands and Islands competing, with many games going to the wire."