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Gilmour Honoured at Awards Ceremony

University of the West of Scotland student, Kirsty Gilmour, collected a top award for her badminton talent in an action-packed evening at the Scottish Sports Awards. She jointly won the Young Sports Person of the Year category at the Sunday Mail Sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards 2012. Kirsty has won the Czech, Polish and Swiss International titles so far this season and at November’s Scottish International Championships at Glasgow's Emirates Arena she scooped the Robert McCoig Quaich for the best home performance by reaching the singles quarter-finals and doubles semi-finals. These combined successes have seen Kirsty surge into the world’s top 50 for the first time.
She is now preparing to compete at Badminton World Federation Superseries events in Korea and Malaysia in January before building towards qualifying for her second Commonwealth Games, having already competed at Delhi 2010. The Glasgow School of Sport graduate said: “I got off to a really good start this year and the momentum has just built from there. It is nice to be making an impact on the senior circuit – that’s progress from a couple of years ago when the focus was to get through qualifying; now I’m disappointed if I’m not seeded. Making it to Glasgow 2014 is high on the radar, but short term hopefully I can do well on the Superseries circuit as it’s the highest ranking tournament and it will be my first experience at that level.”

University of the West of Scotland student, Kirsty Gilmour, collected a top award for her badminton talent in an action-packed evening at the Scottish Sports Awards. She jointly won the Young Sports Person of the Year category at the Sunday Mail Sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards 2012.

Kirsty has won the Czech, Polish and Swiss International titles so far this season and at November’s Scottish International Championships at Glasgow's Emirates Arena she scooped the Robert McCoig Quaich for the best home performance by reaching the singles quarter-finals and doubles semi-finals. These combined successes have seen Kirsty surge into the world’s top 50 for the first time. She is now preparing to compete at Badminton World Federation Superseries events in Korea and Malaysia in January before building towards qualifying for her second Commonwealth Games, having already competed at Delhi 2010. The Glasgow School of Sport graduate said: “I got off to a really good start this year and the momentum has just built from there. It is nice to be making an impact on the senior circuit – that’s progress from a couple of years ago when the focus was to get through qualifying; now I’m disappointed if I’m not seeded.

Making it to Glasgow 2014 is high on the radar, but short term hopefully I can do well on the Superseries circuit as it’s the highest ranking tournament and it will be my first experience at that level.”

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