Name: Kirsty Gilmour
Date of birth: 21/09/93
Place of birth: Bellshill
Current Residence: Glasgow
Right or left handed: Right
Main event(s): Singles
Current partner(s): –
Other notable achievements:
Commonwealth Games Silver 2014 and Bronze 2018, Rio Olympian 2016, 3 European Individual Silver Medals, 1 European Women’s Team Bronze Medal.
Career Highlight(s): Gold Coast 2018 CWG Bronze Medal. Best month of my life.
Coach(s): Ingo Kindervater
Equipment used (Racket, Shoes): Thruster F
Badminton Goals & Ambitions: To medal at every major event (Europeans, Commonwealth Games, World Champs and Olympics)
Typical week Training Schedule: 20hrs on-court, 5hrs gym work, 4hrs recovery/rehab per week.
When did you start playing badminton and why?
Aged 4. My dad was national junior coach, my uncle was an internationalist and my mum played domestically. I choose between badminton and football when I went to the Glasgow School of Sport aged 11.
First badminton memories: In a sports hall somewhere in Scotland. My dad was taking a squad and I would switch between trying to beat my keepy-up record with a racket and shuttle and my football.
What do you enjoy most about being a badminton player?
When it brings people together. Training with the squad day to day, meeting up with friends at tournaments and when people come and watch and support you. It’s no fun doing it all on your own.
If you play for a foreign club, which one?
Vendsyssel BC in Denmark.
If not badminton then…other sport?
I really miss playing football. Also, after I retire I can’t wait to be able to ski again. (Can’t risk an injury just now..!)
Tips for young players: Always have a focus. But also never lose sight that badminton, even at the top level, is supposed to be fun.
Hobbies: Cinema/films, climbing, coffee, reading, bit of drawing.
Favourite food: Pancakes.
Favourite music: Electro/Alternative Pop. Pvris, The Japanese House, MUNA, Fickle Friends, Paramore.
Favourite foreign badminton destination: Denmark.
Favourite badminton tournament: Scottish Open
Most admired badminton player: Tai Tzu Ying. Those skills..!
Which social media do you use?
Twitter and Instagram- @kirstgilmourrGo Back