After more than two years of committed effort at BADMINTONscotland as Major Events Operations Manager, Sharon MacKechnie has now moved on to pastures new.
It would be impossible to even attempt to cover all the various responsibilities that Sharon took on while at BADMINTONscotland, but it is fair to say that she was a key player in some of the biggest and best badminton events that Scotland has ever hosted.
The most obvious of these events would be, of course, the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017.
As Event Operations Manager, Sharon had overall responsibility for the operational delivery of the World Championships.
However, this massive responsibility didn’t stop her from getting involved in the smallest details to ensure that everything about the event was perfect – or as near to perfect as Sharon could make it!
Her previous experience, working on badminton events at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Baku European Games meant Sharon had the perfect background knowledge to take on an event of the size and prestige of the World Championships.
Vice-President of the Badminton World Federation, Geraldine Brown, said at the closing dinner of the World Championships that “BADMINTONscotland and its partners have set the bar so high that the BWF cannot reasonably expect future hosts to reach it”.
If there is one thing that signifies the enduring legacy of Sharon’s time at BADMINTONscotland, it would perhaps be this statement.
The success of the World Championships was a team effort, but without individuals such as Sharon going above and beyond the call of duty, the event would not have reached the dizzying heights that it did.
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive, Anne Smillie, said “Sharon has been a fantastic asset to BADMINTONscotland over the past few years. Her willingness to do whatever is necessary to ensure success has earned Sharon the respect of her peers and colleagues.”
“I am grateful to Sharon for all she has given to BADMINTONscotland during her time here and would like to wish her all the best in her new position at Edinburgh University.”
“Before becoming Major Events Operations Manager, Sharon was involved in a number of other badminton events and I don’t think this marks the end of Sharon’s involvement in Scottish badminton – I suspect we might see her volunteering at an event or two in future.”
Sharon will be joining the University of Edinburgh as a Teaching Fellow in Physical Education.