Raising a racket for East Dunbartonshire and Scotland – and he’s only 16

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A YOUNG badminton champ has served up a spectacular few months of competition.

Talented Jack Stevenson (16), from Bishopbriggs, only took up the sport four years ago, but quickly established himself as one of the country’s rising stars.

By the age of 14 the Bishopbriggs Academy pupil had become one of the youngest members of the Scottish under-19s badminton squad.

Now he’s enjoying his most successful season ever, reaching the halfway point of the badminton year without losing a single match in Scotland.

In the process he’s picked up multiple major trophies, including the under-17 West of Scotland, East of Scotland and Glasgow titles.

Jack (pictured), who also reached the quarter finals of the under-17 British Championships, is now ranked number two in Scotland for his age group.

He said: “I’ve always been pretty sporty and my dad used to play badminton.

“It all really started when my mum took me along to a taster session and they said I had potential.

“I’m in Scotland’s European squad now so I’m hoping to be selected for next year’s European championships, which are in Turkey.”

It would be the latest landmark achievement for the youngster who already plays for the Glasgow County, Hotspur and Cadder Parish Church badminton teams.

He added: “This season I’ve been playing in some senior tournaments and have been doing alright, but I’ll just have to keep on training and see how far I can go in the sport.

“None of it would be possible without my coach Lena Robertson, who is one of the top coaches in Scotland and fantastic to work with.

“I’d also like to thank my sponsor Brian Grey at Total Teamwear Scotland.”

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