After a fine run through a tough 64 man draw, he narrowly failed at the final hurdle to grasp the title – losing out to Sweden’s Peter Bittar, the 3 time winner and 9 times Swedish National Champion – Sweden being the home of racketlon since the 1980’s. A great win over the current World No. 1 , Germany’s Volker Sach earlier in the competition , set Steve up for a fighting chance in the final, but ultimately Bittar proved too strong on the day.
Racketlon is a unique multi-racket sport event (lon as in triathlon, decathlon) comprising tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis. You play an opponent at each sport one after the other, with each being scored the same , up to 21 points. This allows players to be matched competitively, despite different ‘specialist sports’, and leads to thrilling conclusions as ‘every point counts’. After a long history in Scandinavia, the sport was only introduced to the UK in 2001. Since then it has enjoyed phenomenal growth, with over 1000 world ranked players now in 32 countries, and an annual World Tour Race consisting of events in many different countries.
Steve’s background has been originally in badminton and tennis – representing local Stonehaven clubs ; Feteresso Badminton Club and Stonehaven Tennis Club in the Aberdeen leagues for many years, as well as representing Scotland at badminton in the over-40’s internationals. Since 2001, he has worked hard to learn and improve at squash and table tennis, and subsequently represented Stonehaven Squash Club and McClymont TT Club in Aberdeen. This culminated in a highest racketlon world ranking of 17, in the Mens Elite section, but with many new young players joining the worldwide ranks of the sport, Steve was preparing for a move up to the over-45’s for an assault on the top few world ranking slots. Unfortunately, a ruptured achilles tendon in January 2008 put significant delays into his ambitions, and it was only in September 2009 that he was back to full fitness for his first over-45’s event, with a creditable 3rd place against world-class opposition in the Scottish Open Racketlon event in Edinburgh. Now with his World Championship Silver Medal, Steve is poised for even more success representing Scotland in his chosen sport over the next few years.