Mary Wilson

Scottish National Para-Badminton Athlete

Mary Wilson

Name: Mary Wilson

Date of birth: 10th Jan 1964

Place of birth: Edinburgh

Current Residence: Edinburgh

Right or left handed: Right

Main event(s): Singles (Standing Lower 4)

International Titles:

Scottish Titles:  The 4 Nations SL4 Women’s Singles winner 2019. The 4 Nations Mixed Doubles Winner 2019. The Scottish Championship SL4 Singles winner. The Runner up Mixed Doubles Scottish Championship 2019.

Other notable achievements:

Para Badminton International – Triple Gold Medallist in Uganda 2018. Double gold and bronze medallist 2019.

Beat Japanese No 2 seeds in Women’s Doubles 3rd set 27-25 to reach final in Japan 2017.

Para Badminton Internationals – Peru and USA Gold medallist SL4 Singles 2018.

Para International Thailand – bronze in singles 2019

Qualified for World Championships twice 2017 & 2019

Took part in exhibition match in Japan with world renound “Yonex Legends Vision” and played with Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan.

SL4 UK Championship Singles holder 2019

Lothian Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2020 for excelling in badminton

Disability Sports Fife Senior Endevour Award 2020 – for coaching and excelling in Field Athletics, Lawn Bowls and Badminton

Career Highlight(s):

Coach(s): Past Sarah Bok and present Kirsty Flockhart and Lesley Deward (Northern Ireland coach)

Sponsors: FZ Forza     Royal Company of Archers       Crombies Butchers of Edinburgh

Equipment used (Racket, Shoes): FZ Forza

Badminton Goals & Ambitions: To see how far I can get. Possible re classification in the future – I want to be World Champion in SL3 if this happens

Typical week Training Schedule:  1 ½ hours 5 days a week including S&C. 3/4 days in a week total 6 hours sparring. Swimming training 70 lengths once a week.

When did you start playing badminton and why? When I was 7 years old. Parents took me to play.

First badminton memories: Being taken to play badminton at Meadowbank when I was 7 years old with my parents and brother. I loved it and my brother hated it!

What do you enjoy most about being a badminton player? The competitive ethos as well as coaching, having fun and watching other people progress in their game.

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

If not badminton then what other sport? Field Athletics (Shot,discus and javelin) Swimming. Invictus Games Team Captain. 1 gold and 5 bronze 2014.

Tips for young players: Never give up. Have fun and believe in yourself!

Hobbies: Lawn Bowls   Sub Aqua Diving   Wild Swimming   Walking my German Shephard Dog

Favourite food: Thai

Favourite music: Anything with a good beat

Favourite foreign badminton destination: Thailand

Favourite badminton tournament: Japan Para Badminton Tournament 2018

Most admired badminton player: PV Sindhu

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