Lynn and her big brother played in Kelso where they were
coached by Jim Cockburn who is still a firm family
friend. Fortunately for Lynn Jim knew that there was a
small group of kids who could not make up one whole team
in the adult C division and so he and Bill Dougal
(Berwick stalwart) put together a mixed team. They
played really well and met players from all over, you
never knew from one week to the other who you were gong
to be playing with or against.
Lynn was a bit of a
tomboy and she remembers getting ragged stupid about
wearing a white skirt and frilly knickers (as the female
players did in those days). Not Lynn! She wore the skirt
but wore royal blue Adidas running pants - there was no
way she was going to wear frilly knickers!!.
Lynn loved going to coaching in Kelso and only got
chosen to play for the Borders once in Airdrie where she
was way out of her depth and got beat in every match!
She played in the adult leagues but in the 'C' Division
where there were a lot of the younger players playing.
There were open mixed competitions where you were drawn
with a complete stranger and also handicapped
tournaments, just like in Golf where you start ahead or
behind your opponents on points. Lynn remembers being
scared stiff of playing folks like Robbie Burns, Brian
Punton and her brother Bill Elliot who would smash the
shuttle down really hard at you. Both her mum and
brother became badminton coaches and ran the Kelso club
way back. So you could say that she comes from a
badminton family. Lynn explains, "My husband played in
the same team as my MUM!! so she knew him before me (and
she still let me marry him!!!) ."
Once Lynn got involved in hockey she did not play so
much badminton but she wished she had. Although she has
taught Badminton through her PE teaching she only came
back to coaching about 12 years ago when she started up
the Kelso junior badminton club again after a 2 year
gap. Lynn got involved with the Borders Squad when her
own 2 children were chosen. Since then she has met some
'older' badminton friends, players and coaches. Lynn
explains, "One of the players whom I coach is the
grandson of a lovely man I once won a competition with.
I now play against his daughter in the adult league
sometimes when teams are stuck!! I coach in Kelso and
with the Border squads and I'm on the committee helping
to run things. I go to Scottish meetings which are quite
an eye opener as I have to keep them right with how it
is for us but I also learn what they have to do and what
it is like for their elite players."
Although Lynn is pretty 'sporty' Badminton has always
been a lifelong love for me. She loves when her family
plays on holiday together as there is great rivalry
between them. Her kids can beat their parents easily
now. The family dog likes to chase after the shuttle
when they play in the garden, even although it is high
up in the air.
Lynn has put her name down to be a Badminton
volunteer for the Glasgow Commonwealth games. Lynn
helped at the 1986 games in Edinburgh when she was 19
and a PE student. Lynn explains, "We were involved with
the opening and closing ceremonies as well as hostesses
to the VIP's and participants working in the village. So
I hope I'll be able to watch and be involved in a lot
more badminton this year again and in the years to come.
It is a great game to play!!"