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Jillie CooperJillie Cooper was carrying the badminton banner when the full Team Scotland was finally revealed at Stirling Castle. 

Ten of our players are included in the record 310 strong line-up that will be vying for medals in Glasgow from July 23-August 3.

For Cooper, it is Games No.2 – and she admits Glasgow 2014 is very different from New Delhi 2010. 

“There’s been a much bigger build-up,” said the Edinburgh 26-year-old. “Last time I was quite young but this time I am more experienced and know what to expect. 

“But it is also a bit weird having a home Games and not having to fly to get there. There are huge benefits in that we will be accustomed to the food, the weather and the majority of the crowd will be on our side.”

Immediately before the Delhi Games press coverage concentrated on the negatives, most notably the rush to make the competitors’ village habitable.    

 

Jillie Cooper

Jillie Cooper was carrying the badminton banner when the full Team Scotland was finally revealed at Stirling Castle. 

Ten of our players are included in the record 310 strong line-up that will be vying for medals in Glasgow from July 23-August 3.

For Cooper, it is Games No.2 – and she admits Glasgow 2014 is very different from New Delhi 2010. 

“There’s been a much bigger build-up,” said the Edinburgh 26-year-old. “Last time I was quite young but this time I am more experienced and know what to expect. 

“But it is also a bit weird having a home Games and not having to fly to get there. There are huge benefits in that we will be accustomed to the food, the weather and the majority of the crowd will be on our side.”

Immediately before the Delhi Games press coverage concentrated on the negatives, most notably the rush to make the competitors’ village habitable.   

“This time is completely different,” Cooper pointed out. “Everything is so positive and all the facilities are ready. The Emirates Arena is Jillie Coopergoing to be great for badminton.”

Cooper was delighted to be representing badminton among the other athletes at Stirling. “We mix with a lot of the other athletes through the Scottish Institute of Sport and there is a real buzz about the whole team,” she said. “Everyone gels really well.”

Cooper is also confident that badminton can help boost the home medal tally. She will be competing in the team event and the individual mixed doubles with Paul Van Rietvelde.

“Paul will be back in Scotland next week so we will have about four weeks training together,” she said. “I think we have a very strong team and we should do really well.”

Before the Games, Cooper will play one more event – the European Club Championships in France where she will be representing her club, Aix-en-Provence.

Then it will be down to the final Games preparation. Glasgow 2104 here we come.Elspeth

By Elspeth Burnside.

 

 

 

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