Colin Leslie

National Scottish Para-Badminton Player

Colin Leslie

Name:​ Colin Leslie

Date of birth:​ 23/04/1971

Place of birth:​ Edinburgh/Scotland

Current Residence​: Dalkeith, Midlothian

Right or left handed:​ Right

Main event(s):​ Singles, Gents doubles and mixed doubles

International Titles​: European silver medalist – Gents doubles 2014

European bronze medalist – Singles 2014,16,18

Danish international silver medalist – Singles 2018

Danish international silver medalist -mixed doubles 2018

Scottish Titles:​ 3x national titles – Singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Other notable achievements:​ 4 Nations multiple titles from 2012. GB training camp

Career Highlight(s):​ Playing badminton at world championships – 2015 creating history by two players playing without legs.

Coach(s):​ Kirsty Flockhart, Sarah Nailor (Bok), Kaity Hall, Fiona Cameron and Lyndon Williams

Sponsors:​ Ashaway, Archer Hall, Midlothian Council, Pentland Roadhouse

Equipment used (Racket, Shoes):​ Racket – Ashaway superlight phantom. Shoes – Asics gel blast

Badminton Goals & Ambitions:​ To qualify for the olympics 2024

Typical week Training Schedule:​ Gym 3 times per week, swimming 3 times per week, court time as much as possible

When did you start playing badminton and why? ​Around 5 years old, My parents worked in a local sports centre and played badminton.

First badminton memories:​ Too old to remember

What do you enjoy most about being a badminton player? ​Being able to give back what I have learned and to meet new people all over the world.

If you play for a foreign club, which one? ​N/A

If not badminton then what other sport? ​Any other sport (NOT cricket)

Tips for young players: ​always be positive and never give up.

Hobbies:​ Golf, fishing and 4×4 off-roading

Favourite food:​ Chinese

Favourite music:​ Club dance

Favourite foreign badminton destination:​ SO many (Japan)

Favourite badminton tournament:​ World championships – Korea

Most admired badminton player:​ Victor Axelson

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