Name: Ciar Pringle
Date of birth: 31/01/1999
Place of birth: Glasgow
Current Residence: East Kilbride
Right or left handed: Right Handed
Main event(s): Men’s Singles
Lanarkshire Open Mixed Doubles 2017
East of Scotland Men’s Singles and Doubles 2019
Glasgow Championships 2019 Men’s Singles and Doubles 2019
Other notable achievements:
Men’s Singles Finalist of Scottish National Championships 2019
Men’s Doubles Finalist of Irish Open 2018
European Junior Championships 2017
World Junior Championships 2017
Irish Open 2018 Men’s Doubles Finalist
Coach(s): Ingo Kindervater, Robert Blair
Equipment used (Racket, Shoes): Duora Z-Strike, Yonex SHB-65ZM
Badminton Goals & Ambitions: Commonwealth, Olympic and World Medals
Typical week Training Schedule: (when not at university)
Monday: 8-11 Badminton, 2-3 Weights, 3-5 Badminton
Tuesday: 8-11 Badminton, 2-5 Badminton/Conditioning
Wednesday: 8-11 Badminton, 11-11:30 Yoga, 2-3 Weights
Thursday: 8-11 Badminton, 2-5 Badminton/Conditioning
Friday: 8-11 Badminton, 2-3 Weights
When did you start playing badminton and why?
Started playing around 6 or 7 years old and then competitively at around 9 years old. I started playing because my dad played badminton for Scotland and I used to be brought along to the club he was involved in helping on Saturday mornings along with Bob Ullah (coach) where he would throw shuttles at me and I would just try and hit them. He inspired me to play as I wanted to be like him and represent my country and compete at the top level like he did.
First badminton memories:
Playing at the Shuttleworks Badminton Club on Saturday mornings and my dad taking me for little sessions on the end courts, throwing shuttles for me and setting out little circuits on the court for me to run through.
What do you enjoy most about being a badminton player?
Competing at a high level, being challenged, meeting others and most importantly winning. I enjoy improving my skills in badminton and making personal gain in my badminton training whether it be physical, mental or technical. I enjoy being able to travel and to be able to experience different cultures when I travel abroad.
If you play for a foreign club, which one?
Hamburg Horner TV, Germany
If not badminton then…other sport?
I enjoy many other sports as I am a competitive person and don’t like losing. When the Olympics comes around you’ll catch me watching many sports that don’t particularly get a lot of attention such as archery, shooting, beach volleyball and bmx.
Tips for young players:
Junior National Titles aren’t the be all and end all of everything and you can still progress into senior badminton at a high level. Being told that you can’t play a specific event shouldn’t stop you from playing it and have your own focus and strive to achieve what you believe you are capable of.
Going out with my friends for coffee
Meeting friends at university
Travelling and competing with the university team is really enjoyable and a good chance to socialise too
Favourite food: Oriental Cuisine
Favourite music: RnB
Favourite foreign badminton destination: Indonesia, Yogyakarta for World Junior Championships
Favourite badminton tournament: Junior Olve JOT, Belgium—meeting lots of international players and continuing friends throughout Junior and Senior career
Most admired badminton player:
Chou Tien Chen, Chinese TaipeiGo Back