Former Games medallist Christine Black to lead Team Scotland’s 2014 badminton challenge

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Edinburgh’s Christine Black, one of the great names of badminton, has been named Team Scotland’s badminton manager for Glasgow 2014.

Black, a mixed doubles bronze medallist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, is an experienced team leader, having managed Scotland’s 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games teams.

She is also immediate Past President of BADMINTONscotland and is still a regular competitor at the highest level on the international circuit in senior badminton, having won world and European singles and doubles titles.

She said: “This is another great honour for me in my badminton career. You can’t beat leading a squad at a home Commonwealth Games and it is a role I will be performing with great pride. I had the honour of competing for Scotland in Edinburgh back in 1986. Now I get to lead the team at Glasgow 2014. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We would like to congratulate Christine on her appointment. She has all the experience required to do the job and having her at the helm will give our young players great confidence as they know she is someone who has been there and done it.”

Black, who made 56 international appearances for Scotland between 1977-1990, has a great family link with the Commonwealth Games. Her husband Chris was twice a Commonwealth Games medallist in the hammer while her uncle Sir Peter Heatly was a triple gold medallist in diving and a former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation (1982-1990).

“The Commonwealth Games has always been special to me,” added Black “especially as I have such strong family ties to the Games.”

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David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.