Name: Sarah Sidebottom
Date of birth: 26/04/2000
Place of birth: Oldham, England
Current Residence: Glasgow
Right or left handed: Right
Main event(s): Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles
Current partner(s): Eleanor O’Donnell and Matthew Grimley
Scottish Titles: 3 Scottish Senior Titles and 10 Junior National Titles
Other notable achievements:
Finished Top 12 in World Junior Team Championships 2018
2018/2019 Player of the Year- Victor League, Belgium
2020 BUCS Bronze Medalist
Career Highlight (s):
Attending a training camp in China with the Glasgow School of Sport. Competing in the World Junior Championships in Canada 2018
Coach(s): Robert Blair and Ingo Kindervater
Sponsors: SportsAid Scotland
Equipment used (Racket, Shoes):
Racket: Apacs- Blizzard Pro
Shoes: Li-Ning Womens Flash X Badminton Shoes
Badminton Goals & Ambitions: To win my first Senior International Title. To be a top women’s and mixed doubles player. To compete at future Commonwealth and Olympic Games
Typical week Training Schedule: 10 sessions a week involving on court training, CV and strength & conditioning sessions
When did you start playing badminton and why?
I started playing badminton at a local club on the Isle of Bute. I played here because my mum was the coach and started the club.
First badminton memories:
My mum would play at a local club with friends when I was a toddler. She would bring me along and while they were playing a match, I would play with my toys on a mat beside the court.
What do you enjoy most about being a badminton player?
Getting to be with my friends everyday and being able to travel doing my sport.
If you play for a foreign club, which one?
Bad Oupeye- Belgium
If not badminton then…other sport?
Tips for young players:
You don’t have to be the best player all the time, as long as you’re loving what you’re doing!
Movie nights with my friends and going hikes with my dog.
Favourite food: Italian
Favourite music: Anything by Beyoncé and Lizzo
Favourite foreign badminton destination: China
Favourite badminton tournament: Scottish Open
Most admired badminton player: Christina Pedersen and Mayu Matsumoto