Andrew Gilliland in Korea.
Andrew Gilliland in Korea.

Bearsden sporting star Andrew Gilliland won the men’s badminton tournament at the Wongu World Peace Cup in Seoul, South Korea recently.

Andrew had a bye to the semi finals in which he beat a Sri Lankan player in a highly contested two-set match 21-15 21-14.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil (20) said: “I then played a Japanese boy in the final and managed to win convincingly 21-6 21-9 to be crowned Wongu World Peace Cup Men’s Singles Badminton Champion.

“It was an incredible experience and I have been invited to compete again next year which is an opportunity I will definitely take.”

Asian countries are renowned for their pre-eminence at badminton, so to win with such a strong field of competitors is a real boost for Andrew.

He said: “I played a lot of my best stuff to win this title and I am very happy with my performance.

“The Asian players are all very fit and I feel I did well in creating game plans to suit my strengths whilst avoiding letting them suck me into physically draining rally games.”

The seven day multi-sport event attracted competitors from all continents competing in other events such as football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, golf, dodgeball and martial arts.

Andrew was the men’s badminton representative from Team Europe who competed against Asia, USA, Oceania, Northeast Asia (including Russia), Hong Kong, Korea, South America and Africa.

The talented young players now has his sights set on heading back out to the Far East around July/August to prepare for the start of the new season in September.

He added: “The goals for next season are to represent Scotland at the European Championships, gain a full Senior National Title and gain success on the European and English Circuit which I hope will put me on course for a representation at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealths.”

Andrew Gilliland is here with his glass trophy and assortment of rice cakes he was presented with at the end of the tournament. He is joined by one of the co-ordinators of the tourament.