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Badminton's Gilmour hits the courts with youngster to reward his fundraising efforts

A YOUNG Scottish badminton enthusiast whose late father suffered cancer has played the game of his life against Commonwealth Games medal hopeful Kirsty Gilmour in aid of the charity which helped him.

The match took place at Scotstoun Sports Campus yesterday, after the world number 20 star learned that Ross Davidson and his sister Becca had raised £10,000 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Gilmour, of Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, is one of Scotland's best chances of a medal at this summer's games and also a keen supporter of the Beatson.

Ross, of Clydebank, yesterday hit the courts with Gilmour, who is seeded third in her sport at this summer's games in Glasgow.

Ross was asked if he wanted to play against the 20-year-old athlete after Becca raised £10,000 by shaving off her hair for the Beatson. Becca had wanted to give a donation to the charity which helped her father when he was a patient in the Glasgow unit.

When Gilmour, who holds 16 Scottish titles and a host of international tournament wins, learned of Ross's love of her sport, she offered him a match to say thank you.

Ross admitted before the match that he had a "fair idea of who might be the eventual winner," but was more than satisifed with an honorable draw.

Gilmour is an ambassador for NVT Group, a hardware and software solutions firm, which supports several Commonwealth Games athletes north and south of the Border.

Picture: Colin Templeton

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