Hi! My name is Kirsty Gilmour and I’m a Commonwealth and Olympic badminton player. I won medals at the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth games and competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016. I’m a full time player and I have reached 14 in the world rankings.
Outside of sport I am a film geek (certified with a BA in Film-making and Screenwriting from the University of the West of Scotland), a food and coffee lover and proud feminist. I work regularly as a contributor with the BBC and have written columns for The Herald and online publications.
I’ve never been the most talented, skillful or smartest player but I bring an annoying amount of persistence (coaches quotes are available upon request as evidence) and hard work to my training and competing. My logic being: the harder you train the more you can eat.
But on a more serious note, I have arrived at the point of being the oldest member of our current national team and so I have a responsibility to set a good example of focus, commitment, organisation and energy for the squad. It’s a constant work in progress but I can see small changes in attitudes and behaviours from the younger players which makes the work even more worth it.
As soon as I heard about the WSA I was immediately keen to be involved. Any excuse to join with a like-minded bunch of people focussed on women’s sport: I’m in! I’ve been an unofficial advocate for years but I guess this just makes it official now! I’m delighted to asked to be an ambassador and can’t wait to get started.