Badminton coach is baton hero

Isobel Hepburn
Isobel Hepburn

A Bishopbriggs woman who has coached youth badminton for half a century has been chosen as a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games.

Dedicated Isobel Hepburn(70), of Leven Terrace, has been nominated for the honour after giving hundreds of young enthusiasts the benefits of her skills over the past 50 years.

She has coached at junior level in a number of schools and clubs, including Wester Cleddans Primary School and Bishopbriggs Academy.

The senior citizen is also hugely involved in the local community and has been secretary of Cadder Parish Church for the past 12 years.

Isobel, who has been playing since the age of 10, said she was surprised and delighted to be nominated, and excited to be taking part in the prestigious event.

She added: “It’s such an honour. I am really looking forward to being a baton bearer.

“I have been involved in badminton and tennis all my life. I’m 70 now and still play a lot of tennis.

“I think it’s great for your general health and I play as often as I can.”

Isobel will get her taste of Commonwealth glory when the baton arrives in East 
Dunbartonshire on Saturday, July 19 – its last stop before the grand opening ceremony in Glasgow.

She is one of dozens of local heroes who have found out they have been selected.

Independent panels have considered people’s achievements and community contributions when deciding who to choose. Isobel said: “I don’t know exactly what my route will be. I think they are telling me nearer the time. “

Councillor Rhondda Geekie said the Queen’s Baton Relay will be “a truly memorable and exciting day.”

She said: “To be selected as one of the baton bearers for this event is a wonderful honour and anyone fortunate to be afforded this opportunity will never forget the expertience.”

She added: “Within East Dunbartonshire we have a large number of people who make a positive contribution to the community.

“I am very glad some of them are being honoured in this way.”

Up to 4,000 baton bearers from all 32 local authority areas across Scotland will bejoining the relay in more than 400 communities over a 40 day period.