FREDDIE Blackburn Shaw from Brechin has been selected to represent Great Britain at the highest level of International Minigolf Sport.
Freddie (aged 15) plays regularly on the British Minigolf Association Tour, which sees minigolf, crazy golf and adventure golf competitions played at Miniature Golf courses around the UK, and will be competing at the 2011 World Masters Tournament.
This will be Freddie’s debut appearance for the Great Britain Minigolf Sport Team and he becomes the youngest ever British international.
Freddie sai: “I am very honoured to have been selected and am looking forward to the event with great excitement.
“I obviously have a lot to learn in this sport, and am hoping to further develop my skills from playing with and against experienced internationals from all over the world.”
Freddie took up the sport in 2009, since when he has progressively moved up the UK rankings.
He has competed at national and world championship tournaments, and most recently was top junior in last week’s Scottish Open in Dunfermline and fifth overall.
In the latest World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Rankings Great Britain has moved up from 24th position of 30 Nations, to be ranked 20th of 31 countries. The top three places are taken by Sweden, Germany and Switzerland.
Great Britain’s team manager, Marc Chapman, added: “National team players have been selected on ability and performances on the British circuit over the past two seasons of competitive play.
“The standard of our elite players has improved dramatically over the last season, therefore, I can say with confidence that this is the strongest British squad ever assembled in this, a world championship year.”
Sean Homer, BMGA chairman, said: “The experience of playing internationally will not only benefit Freddie in further developing his minigolf skills and techniques but also helps to raise the profile of our players and the association both home and abroad, all of which is very positive and encouraging for us as an organisation.
“I am sure that Freddie will thoroughly enjoy the experience of representing his country and, in the process, develop some great links with the foreign players taking part.
“On behalf of the BMGA and all of our members I would like to wish Freddie the very best of luck at the World Masters Tournament and look forward to following his progress this season.”
In 2011 the British Minigolf Association (BMGA) will be sending teams to the WMF World Adventure Golf Masters in Hastings and the WMF Nations Cup and WMF World Minigolf Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
To date, 31 BMGA Tour Players have made a total of 62 appearances representing Great Britain in World and European Championships (both youth and adult), Nations Cup competitions, the Asia Open and the Czech Open since 1999.
Peter Parr was the first GB International and made his debut in a WMF Minigolf Tournament at the 1999 World Minigolf Championships, in Papendal, The Netherlands.
The BMGA Tour consists of Minigolf ranking events that take place at Minigolf, Crazy Golf and Adventure Golf courses across the UK.
Last year there were 22 BMGA Tour competitions and a total of 15 players lifted BMGA Tour titles.
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