BADMINTONscotland is delighted to announce that Kirsty Gilmour has been shortlisted for the Badminton Europe Female Player of the Year Award.
The 24-year-old had a year to remember in 2017, culminating in becoming the Scottish Open Grand Prix women’s singles champion for the very first time.
That saw her follow in Susan Egelstaff’s footsteps as the first Scottish victor in the discipline for eight years, beating Mia Blichfeldt 23-21 21-12 in a stunning final at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in November.
Gilmour also won the Orleans International and Austrian Open titles, as well as becoming European silver medallist for the second successive year in Kolding, Denmark, a year after achieving Scotland’s first European silver medal in 2016.
She was not done there either, standing shoulder to shoulder alongside the world’s best players at the TOTAL BWF World Championships in Glasgow last August.
Seeded 16th for the competition, Gilmour exceeded expectations to reach the quarter-finals, a run which included victory over sixth seed He Bingjiao.
Gilmour came very close to reaching the semi-finals too, which would have secured her a bronze medal, taking Saina Nehwal all the way in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
Her successes in 2017 are all the more impressive considering she only returned to competitive action less than 12 months ago in February, having spent six months recovering from knee surgery.
On learning about her nomination Gilmour, who is currently competing at the Malaysia Masters, said: "It has been a tough but great year for me. It almost felt like starting over again in a lot of ways - with my knee operation, new coach and low world ranking.
“Of course I had an ambitious idea of how I wanted the year to look and I have lived up to each of my targets which I'm delighted with.
“Giving such good performances in the World Championships and Scottish Open have to be highlights of my year.
“The Scottish support, not just at events but on a daily basis, gives me so much confidence and determination to set my goals for the coming year even higher. I can't wait to make things happen in 2018."
Joining Gilmour on the list of nominees is Spain’s Carolina Marin, also a World Championship quarter-finalist as well as adding the Japan Open title to her European crown.
England’s Gabrielle Adcock, who secured World Championships bronze alongside husband Chris in Glasgow, is also on the shortlist following the gold and bronze European medals she secured in Denmark.
There is also a place for Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, the women’s doubles pair who became European champions and world bronze medallists in 2017.
Fans will have the possibility to vote for their best player(s) through a social media campaign, by 'liking' the respective photo on Facebook or Instagram, with the public vote open until 12 March.
A Badminton Europe Awards Panel will then determine the winner from the two that receive the most fan votes.
To vote for Kirsty:
The deadline for the voting is on 12 March 2018 at 7.00 CET.