Badminton champion GaryLee celebrates regional success

GaryLee McMullen.
GaryLee McMullen.

From an early age GaryLee McMullen showed a passion, talent and a hunger for badminton.

Competing nationally from the age of 12, head hunted by county teams, battling it out in national tournaments and currently representing Northumberland, McMullen has experienced a great start to life as a sportsman.

And he has chosen Tyne Metropolitan College to continue his love of the sport.

A level 3 sports coaching and fitness student and part of the NESA Badminton team, McMullen was recently awarded the Premier League 4 Sports (PL4S) 2014 Young Sports Achievement Award, which recognises over achievers for their commitment to sports and the community.

He was nominated by Newcastle United Foundation for his tireless desire to coach others and was initially persuaded to join badminton through the PL4S programme by the director of sport at his school.

McMullen said of his award: “I was so shocked to be put forward for the award by Newcastle United Foundation, let alone win the award, everyone nominated was a deserving winner.

“For me, it’s an honour to be able to pass on the knowledge I have learnt from my time as a player in county teams to the invaluable experiences I have gained at NESA.

“I love coaching and it’s great to see new badminton talent shine through.

“ I really enjoyed the evening – I took my mum as my guest, she’s really proud of me.”

Deputy head of NESA at TyneMet College, Chris Wall, said: “The Premier League for Sports Award is a great occasion to commend young players who go that extra mile.

“GaryLee’s dedication to progressing as a player and as a coach is clearly demonstrated in his latest achievement, he was an excellent candidate for nomination and a truly deserving winner.

“This is a hard award to obtain so GaryLee should be extremely proud.”

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