Eight-year-old Alex Sutherland, from Whitley Bay, became the youngest ever winner of a prestigious badminton award presented by the chairman of North Tyneside Council at a civic reception.
Alex was nominated as the ‘Most Promising Under-12 Boy Badminton Player’ in Northumberland, an award presented annually.
Alex is in Year 4 at Appletree Gardens First School in Whitley Bay.
He first tried badminton when he went with his older brother to a Premier League 4 Sport after School session in Marden Bridge Middle School sports hall.
He enjoyed playing and was recommended for the new Premier League 4 Sport/North Tyneside Talent Squad, which started in January.
Alex played in his first competition in April, the Northumberland Badminton Association Junior Super Series tournament and was third in his age group’s singles event.
On court he displays an excellent attitude and tactical awareness for someone so young and has the potential to become a talented player.
Alex also plays football for Whitley Bay FC Under-9s.