Mull teen wins badminton bronze

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A Mull teenager won a bronze medal at the UK’s junior badminton championships.

Malik Clowes, a 14-year-old Tobermory High School pupil from Calgary, picked up a bronze medal in the doubles with his partner Ewan Stewart at the U15 Home Nations Quadrangular.

This was Malik’s first international competition, played between Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland at the National Badminton Academy in Scotstoun, Glasgow, from October 1 to 3.

Malik’s proud father David Clowes, a professional tennis coach who started a club in the village, said: ‘That was the best players in the UK that came together. It was wonderful to watch that level for three days.

‘From March 2020 until August 2021, all competitions were off. Malik has been training all summer. He is just on a mission.

‘It’s the success of a community supporting a kid to be the best he can be and play for his country.

‘Without the fantastic efforts of all the people who help and support Dervaig Village Hall, Malik would never have achieved this and special thanks to all the badminton players young and old who are all part of a great community sports hub.’