Gilmour a contender for BWF Athletes’ Commission

Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour is one of nine players


Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour is one of nine players bidding for one of three four-year terms on the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

Former Scotland international and former Commission chair Emma Mason is already standing for election to the BWF Council and both elections will take place during the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 in Gold Coast at the end of May.

Gilmour feels she has the necessary experience to serve on the Commission after travelling the world playing in major tournaments.

The 23-year-old Commonwealth and European silver medallist and Rio Olympian said: “Travelling to tournaments, often by myself, I have made invaluable connections with players worldwide.

“I believe these relationships will make me trustworthy and reliable link for the players who wish to express their feelings to BWF.”

Gilmour is standing alongside Akville Stapusaityte (Lithuania), Edwin Ekiring (Uganda), Koo Kien Keat (Malaysia), Luis Ramon Garrido Esquivel (Mexico), Marc Zwiebler (Germany), Nikhar Garg (India), Pusarla V. Sindhu (India) and Yoo Yeon Seong (Korea).

The three players receiving the most votes will be elected to replace chair Yuhan Tan (Belgium), Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark) and Greysia Polii (Indonesia), who complete their four-year term next month. A man and a woman must be elected with the third person being the candidate with the next highest number of votes.

A fourth player (female) will be elected to complete the remaining two years of Tang Yuanting’s term following the Chinese player's resignation on retirement from last year.

Voting, which takes place by email for the first time, starts on April 26 and ends on May 24 with players able to vote in person at the Sudirman Cup, which takes place from May 21-28 when Gilmour leads Scotland's challenge in Gold Coast.

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