Feathers fly at primary schools badminton tournament

From left: Kody Cummings, Ben Webb and Alan Curtis. Photograph: Johnpaul Peebles, Abrightside Photography.

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The annual Lochaber Primaries Badminton Competition was back at Lochaber High School last Wednesday March 23 after a gap last year.

From left: Katlyn Whyte, Olivia Ferguson and Isla Ross. Photograph: Johnpaul Pebbles, Abrightside Photography.

Spean Bridge dominated the girls’ competition with Olivia Ferguson pipping her classmate Katyln Whyte to the post in a competitive final. The bronze medal went to Isla Ross from Caol Primary School, who beat fellow student Heather MacFarlane into fourth place.

The boys’ event saw an all-Lundavra final, with Ben Webb beating Kody Cummings in another tight match. Third place went to Alan Curtis, who had travelled from Kilchoan to take part, with fourth place going to Kyle MacDonald from Banavie.

Following round robin matches 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.

Organised by High Life Highland’s Active Schools co-ordinator Bridget Thomas in conjunction with primary physical education specialist Sandra Chisholm, the event attracted entries from 10 of Lochaber’s primary schools – Banavie, Caol, Inverlochy, Lundavra, Spean Bridge, Kilchoan, Kinlochleven, St Brides, Glencoe and Invergarry.

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

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NO_F13_PrimariesBadmintonCompetition_Boys: From left: Kody Cummings, Ben Webb and Alan Curtis. Photograph: Johnpaul Peebles, Abrightside Photography.

NO_F13_PrimariesBadmintonCompetition_Girls: From left: Katlyn Whyte, Olivia Ferguson and Isla Ross. Photograph: Johnpaul Pebbles, Abrightside Photography.