Motherwell badminton player Alex Dunn got a taste of the senior ranks this season and is now hungry for more.
The 16-year-old started the season just concentrating on players his own age, but after teaming up with Mauchline’s Adam Hall he was fast-tracked into competition against much older players.
Dunn said: “At the start of the season I was just thinking about dominating my age group, but then I got paired with Adam Hall and we went on to do quite well, which came as a surprise as I wasn’t expecting much.
“There wasn’t much pressure on me so I felt free to play and I think I did well partly due to that.
“It was at the Portugese senior open where I really felt I belonged at that level, me and Adam got to the semi-final despite not being seeded and I thought we could go far.”
Although they did well at senior level the highlight of the season came back at junior level as the duo won bronze at the European Junior Championships.
Dunn said: “Winning my European medal was the highlight of the season, I went in hoping for a medal, but being still quite young I was delighted it actually happened.
“We played a couple of junior international events, winning the Polish and being runners-up at the Belgian, so at that stage I thought we could do quite well.
“We don’t get to train together as much as we’d like, although we did get some extra in the lead up to the Europeans to be as good as possible and it paid off.”
Dunn is currently contending with a problem with his shins that has restricted his ability to play singles, but is happy to concentrate on doubles for the time being, especially if it leads to a spot on the Commonwealth Games team in 2018.
He said: “It depends how my exams go, but I am planning to just do one subject at school next year so I can concentrate on training the rest of the time.
“I’d like to do badminton full-time and see how far I can take it, but if I doesn’t work out then I have my education to fall back on.
“The season starts in August/September and my goal will be to break into the senior events more, obviously not the very top level at this stage, but ones that I can certainly push myself in.
“Playing in seniors I’ll be up against guys with a lot more experience than me, but I’m confident in the my ability and aim to get stronger and fitter to give me a better chance.
“I am aiming to make the squad for the next Commonwealth Games in Australia, doubles might be my best chance, especially if me and Adam can stay together as a team, as there is a couple of older guys ahead of me.
“I am hoping that by the time selection for the Gold Coast comes around I’ll have progressed over them, but will just need to wait and see.”
Dunn would like to thank everyone who has supported him this season.