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Kirsty Gilmour Commonwealth promotion 2014Two weeks before she hits her first shuttlecock at the Commonwealth Games and Kirsty Gilmour admits she is “excited and anxious” at the prospect of carrying medal hopes at Glasgow 2014. 

The third seed in the women’s singles, the Bothwell 20-year-old was back at the Glasgow School of Sport for the final media outing before the badminton squad knuckles down to the final days of preparation.   

A former pupil, she was delighted to return to Bellahouston Academy.  “I was getting slagged off because there are so many photos of me but it was fun to be back training in the hall,” she said. 

“Now the Games are so close that I just want to get on to court at The Emirates Arena.”

Four years ago in Delhi, Gilmour was a badminton player who earned her place on merit but was included mostly to build her experience.

 

Kirsty Gilmour Commonwealth promotion 2014Two weeks before she hits her first shuttlecock at the Commonwealth Games and Kirsty Gilmour admits she is “excited and anxious” at the prospect of carrying medal hopes at Glasgow 2014.

The third seed in the women’s singles, the Bothwell 20-year-old was back at the Glasgow School of Sport for the final media outing before the badminton squad knuckles down to the final days of preparation.

A former pupil, she was delighted to return to Bellahouston Academy. “I was getting slagged off because there are so many photos of me but it was fun to be back training in the hall,” she said.

“Now the Games are so close that I just want to get on to court at The Emirates Arena.”

Four years ago in Delhi, Gilmour was a badminton player who earned her place on merit but was included mostly to build her experience.

“This time it is completely different,” she said. “Back then there was absolutely no expectations. It is the exact opposite in Glasgow.”

Coping with the pressure is going to be tough but she has had some insight from team colleague and women’s doubles partner, Imogen Bankier. 

Silver medallists from the 2011 World Championships, Bankier and Chris Adcock went into the London 2012 Olympics with high hopes in the mixed doubles but failed to deliver.

“I’ve listened to Imogen,” said Gilmour. “She says the main thing is to enjoy the experience. Looking back, she thinks they went into London with too high expectations. I’ve learned from what she went through.”

As to mounting the podium, that is something that has been banished from her thoughts. “It’s difficult not to think about what it would be like if it all goes swimmingly,” she admitted. “But I’m not even contemKirsty in Action Commonwealth 2010plating such an outcome.

But I know that Delhi was the best two and a half weeks of my life and I’m sure Glasgow is going to be even better.”

This week, Team Scotland had delivery of the uniform. The bright kilts and blue outfits gained a mixed reaction in the media.

“I’m embracing it,” said the Scottish Champion. “The outfits are definitely going to make an impact.”

A student in film making and script writing at the West of Scotland University, Gilmour will have little rest post Games. The World Championships take place in Copenhagen next month – and she also has a 2,000 word essay to complete by August 14.     

But the main goal is to pass the test set at the Commonwealth Games. Two weeks to go and the heat is building. 

 

 

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