Gilmour makes it an election double for Scotland

Gilmour makes it an election double for Scotland

Scotland received a second big boost in the countdown to the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 when Kirsty Gilmour was tonight elected to the BWF Athletes' Commission.

The election news comes just five days after Emma Mason was elected to the BWF Council.

The Athletes' Commission elections took place on day four of the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 in the Australian city of Gold Coast and the news of Gilmour's election came in just as she and Julie MacPherson clinched Scotland's one point in the 4-1 defeat by Vietnam in their final group match.

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie, who is in Gold Coast, said: "This is a tremendous boost for Kirsty and it is so good for Scotland to have two influential voices now at World level. I am sure both Kirsty and Emma have big roles to play in protecting player interests within the BWF family."

Gilmour (103 votes) was elected along with India’s Pusarla Sindhu (129 votes) and Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (108 votes) on four-year terms.

Lithuania’s Akvile Stapusaityte (25 votes) was elected to complete the two years remaining on Tang Yuanting's term of office following her retirement.

Gilmour said: "I'm really happy to be a part of the Athlete's Commission. I really believe that I can listen to the players and help to make badminton a better place for everyone. I'm excited to see our sport develop in the next few years."