FORMER Scotland international Emma Mason has been put forward for a place on the BWF Council.
The 30-year-old from Edinburgh has been nominated by BADMINTONscotland and has the support of China, Finland, Poland, Spain and Malaysia. There are 35 nominations for the 18 places on the Council with voting due to take place during the Sudirman Cup in Australia's Gold Coast at the end of May.
Emma can count on substantial international support having built strong relationships during her time as chair of the BWF Players' Association.
If her nomination is successful, Emma will serve on the Council for the 2017-2020 term and would, therefore, be on the Council in time for the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in August.
Emma is an associate solicitor specialising in sport with a London legal firm. She holds a first class honours degree in chemistry from the University of Glasgow and followed this by gaining her law qualifications with distinction.
She is a graduate of the UK Sport International Leadership Programme and since 2016 has been an IOC Athlete Career Programme Facilitator.
In her badminton career, she represented Scotland 28 times, won three international tournaments and three Scottish National women’s doubles titles.
Since 2016 she has been a director of the Badminton Europe Confederation and is chair of the Member Structures Commission.
From 2010-2015 she was a member of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, first as vice-chair from 2010-2013 and then as chair from 2013-2015, and from 2012-2015 Emma also chaired the BEC Women in Badminton Working Group.
From 2013-2015 she was a BWF Council member and a member of the Major Events, Marketing and Women in Sport Commissions.
Speaking about her nomination, Emma said: “As a former Scottish international player turned sports lawyer, I have, from an early age, consistently made time for and enjoyed contributing to the development of our sport.
“I have a particular interest in assisting the players in having a greater and more effective voice at the decision-making level and in facilitating their transition from sporting career to their career after sport. I am also keen to use the professional knowledge I have developed since retiring from badminton in supporting and furthering the commercial, good governance and administrative aspects of world badminton and the sport we all love.
“I am excited by the prospect of re-joining BWF and am grateful to BADMINTONscotland and, in particular to Anne Smillie, for their continuing faith in me without which my nomination would not have been possible. If successful, I will look forward to being a part of the positive development of our sport and hope I can inspire other retired or retiring players to consider taking up such a role in future.”
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland and a former BWF Board member, said: “I have known Emma ever since her early years as a player and she has brought that same determination and enthusiasm to her work with BEC and BWF.
“The interests of the players is something she is passionate about but her time working on various Commissions has given her the chance to develop strong relationships within the badminton family. This will stand her in good stead if, as we hope, her nomination is successful.”
Meanwhile, when the nominations were announced by the BWF, they showed that President Poul-Erik Hoyer will stand unopposed as he looks forward to a second four-year term. It means he will be in office for this summer's World Championships. Deputy President Gustavo Salazar Delgado of Peru is also unopposed.