Caol boys and Lundavra girls dominate schools badminton tournament

Pictured from left are, Robbie Coltart, Lundavra; Jack Stephen, Caol; Lewis Luxton, Caol; Andzelina Gereslmuka, Lundavra; Lucy Valentine, Banavie and Cerys Denholme, Lundavra NO F08 Badminton o2
Pictured from left are, Robbie Coltart, Lundavra; Jack Stephen, Caol; Lewis Luxton, Caol; Andzelina Gereslmuka, Lundavra; Lucy Valentine, Banavie and Cerys Denholme, Lundavra NO F08 Badminton o2

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Caol Primary once again dominated the boys’ competition at this year’s Lochaber Primary Schools Badminton Championship, taking both first and second place.

However, it was Lundavra who dominated the girls’ event, with a first and third place.

Pupils took part in a round robin format tournament, competing to earn a place in the quarter finals. Tension mounted as pupils were knocked out and the semi-finalists took to the court.

Fresh from battle, the losing semi-finalists came back on court to fight it out in a third/fourth place playoff.

In the final, Andzelina Gereslmuka, a talented swimmer and all-round sports women as well as badminton player, beat Banavie’s Lucy Valentine, who also makes a bit of a splash at swimming events.

Cerys Denholme, from Lundavra, took the bronze in the play-off match against Caol’s Caira McKelvie.

In the boy’s tournament, the final saw Lewis Luxton fighting off Jack Stephen, both from Caol Primary.

There has been some great coaching at the school from PE teacher Carol Cairns, aided by Connor MacAlister who has been doing a work experience placement, during which he has been pushing the standard of play.

The play-off for third place saw Robbie Coltart, from Lundavra beating
Banavie’s Sebi Mrazek.

Organised by High Life Highland’s Active Schools Co-ordinators, Fiona Beattie and Bridget Thomas, in conjunction with the primary PE staff Sandra Chisholm and Carol Cairns, the event attracted entries from seven primary schools: Banavie, Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Aber, Caol, Inverlochy, Lundavra, Spean Bridge and St Columba’s.

Many thanks to Lochaber High School for hosting the competition and to the third year pupils who refereed on the day.

CAPTION:

Pictured from left are, Robbie Coltart, Lundavra; Jack Stephen, Caol; Lewis Luxton, Caol; Andzelina Gereslmuka, Lundavra; Lucy Valentine, Banavie and Cerys Denholme, Lundavra

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