Youngster takes on the world

BELLA badminton ace Caitlin Pringle has been chosen to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth youth games.

The 17-year-old is one of 50 athletes selected to the national youth team at the fourth games in the Isle of Man from September 7-11.

Previously a pupil at Williamwood High School, Miss Pringle has just completed her sixth year at the Glasgow school of sport in Bellahouston.

Now, she is training full time at Scotstoun with the national team to realise her sporting dream.

The Giffnock teenager will compete in the doubles tournament with Bellshill’s Kirsty Gilmour, and she is set to find out her mixed doubles partner in the coming week.

The 17-year-old told ExtraSport: “My aim is to win a medal and gain experience to help me work towards my goal of competing in the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014, and in the 2016 Olympics”.

So far, 47 Scottish athletes from a total of 200 have progressed from the youth to the senior Commonwealth games team, with 11 going on to win a total of 18 medals for Scotland.

But there is no pressure from dad Iain, a former Commonwealth games badminton international himself, who Caitlin says is always there to pass on tips and advice.

She added: “After Imogen Bankier’s medal winning performance at the world championships last week, he told me to watch and learn from her, and that really helped.

“Together, we go through her tape and pick out ways I can improve”.

Following the games, the local hero believes she may have to begin to look to a career abroad, if she wants to fulfill her potential.

“I really want to test myself in the future, so I will have to look to other European countries like Denmark and Germany, who have competitive league systems”, said Caitlin.

The badminton ace is also giving advice as well as taking it, as two of her siblings are setting out to follow in her footsteps.

Younger brothers Adam and Cair continue to be involved in the national youth badminton set up. “Hopefully I’ll be able to help them improve”, she added, “They are both training hard and seem to really enjoy the sport.

“It must run in the family”.