They included: Katie Scott and Rebecca King, both 13 from Coquet High; Caitlyn Griffiths, Caitlin Belisle, Laurie Murray, and Shannon Catling, all aged 12 and from Druridge Bay Middle School.
They were led by me – I am a Young Ambassador and National Young Official. I am 16 and from Coquet High.
The 4 day event featured 10 Olympic sports and 3 Paralympic sports, and they got to meet some of their idols, celebrities and sporting stars such as Andrew Smith, a Badminton Olympian, Jonathan Edward, a Triple Jumper, Eleanor Simmonds, a Paralympic swimmer, Hazel Irvine and Paul Dickenson, both BBC commentators and many more.
They all managed to highly impress the competition managers, experienced officials, and even the CEO of Badminton England, Adrian Christie.
I was then invited to the Manchester National in Feb 2011. Unfortunately due to age restrictions, the others were not able to go.
A couple of weeks after the event I received a letter from the manager of the Badminton Line Judges Association of England (BLJAoE), saying that they were so pleased with my performance at the UKSG Nationals that they would like to invite me to Officiate at the 101st All-England Championships, in March 2011, which is the 4th largest international badminton event in the world… it is the Badminton equivalent of Wimbledon.