Emma Mason today gave Scotland a timely World Championship boost by being elected to the Badminton World Federation Council at its annual meeting in Australia’s Gold Coast.
The 30-year-old from Edinburgh is the first Scot to gain a place on Council since BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie chaired the BWF Events Committee.
Emma said: “'I am both honoured and excited to have been given the opportunity by the BWF members to once again be part of the BWF Council. We are in an exciting period for badminton following a positive Rio 2016 and I look forward to seeing where this Council can take our sport in the next four years.
“My thanks must go to Anne Smillie, Ronnie Conway and BADMINTONscotland for their unwavering support and encouragement from my time as a player up to today. It’s been some journey together!”
Ms Smillie, who supported Emma’s nomination along with strong backing from China, Malaysia and Finland, said: “This is a wonderful boost for Scotland, especially with the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 in Glasgow just 13 weeks away.
“As a new, young Council member she will bring energy and vitality to the role and will be in a position to champion the rights of players, a facet of the sport that I know she feels passionate about.”
Emma won large international support thanks to the strong impressions she made during her time as chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission and Scotland are hoping for a second piece of good news over the next few days as Kirsty Gilmour is bidding to be elected to the Athletes’ Commission while she competes in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017, which starts in the Gold Coast tomorrow (Sunday).
Emma’s election means she will serve from 2017-2020 and Ms Smillie added: “As an associate solicitor specialising in sport with a London legal firm, she will bring important skills to this key role. The BWF’s member nations have made a wise choice in electing Emma and I am delighted by her success.
“She had a lot to offer the game as a player and now she can take it a stage further by bringing her professional skills to this new chapter in her badminton life.”
In her playing career Emma 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 chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission and from 2012-2015 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.