Diane a double champion at over 50s badminton tournament

Winners and runners-up in the mixed doubles.
Winners and runners-up in the mixed doubles.

The first Over 50s Social Badminton Tournament in North Tyneside attracted 54 entries from all over the north east.

The ages of the players ranged from 50 to 76, and the finals at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields featured some players aged over 60 with one 75-year-old.

The standard of play was good and one local female competitor said: “It’s just lovely being here, meeting and playing against different people. The atmosphere is lovely too.”

Diane Michie, from Whitley Bay, ended up a double champion, winning both the ladies’ and mixed doubles.

David McCulley, from Wallsend, reached two finals, winning the men’s doubles but losing out in the mixed.

There were very plenty of close matches and the tournament organisers from the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership and volunteer helpers from Bewicke Badminton Club, were impressed by the standard of play, spirit, effort and obvious enjoyment of the players, most of whom play in various social groups or sessions at leisure centres.

All winners and runners-up received trophies donated by Jeera Tandoori in North Shields.

The next social tournament for players aged 16 and over is on Sunday, March 8, in John Spence Community High School sports hall, and entry forms can be obtained by emailing the tournament secretary on normawfd@blueyonder.co.uk

The closing date for entries is Monday, March.

Ladies’ Doubles: Diane Michie and Geraldine Dodds, runners-up: Judith Olsen and Kathryn Quinn; Men’s Doubles: David McCulley and Andy Proud, runners-up: Raymond Wynarczyk and Andrew Cartwright; Mixed Doubles: Derek Gilhespie and Diane Michie, runners-up: David McCulley and Dot Bryson.