BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie today paid tribute to the team behind the scenes who made the badminton tournament at the Emirates Arena such a success during Glasgow 2014.
“They are the unsung heroes who played a big part in Scotland winning two medals,” she said.
“Without the support of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport we wouldn’t be celebrating the great successes of Kirsty Gilmour’s silver medal in women’s singles and Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier’s bronze medal in the mixed doubles, not to mention the whole team reaching the quarter-finals of the team event.
“But equally, we mustn’t forget the many court officials and volunteers, the workforce who make events of this magnitude possible.
“We appreciate them giving up their time, especially as we are expecting many of them to be getting behind our sport again in just over three months to produce another spectacle at the Scottish Open Grand Prix (November 19-23).
“The Emirates Arena has proved that it is a great venue for badminton. Danish badminton legend Morten Frost said so during his BBC commentary and, as a great champion, indeed a former Scottish Open champion, he should know.
“We want the Arena to be home to the Scottish Open for many years to come and, perhaps even home to the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships in 2017 if Scotland is successful with their bid to host the competition for the third time. We will know the outcome of our bid in November.
“But right now we want to bask in the success of Glasgow 2014 and encourage those people, young and old, who have enjoyed seeing world-class badminton to come back for more.
“Tickets sales for the Scottish Open Grand Prix are already going well with many fans taking advantage of our early bird discounts. We want all you Glasgow 2014 fans to come back and support the Scotland players in November.”
Perhaps you even want to consider becoming a line judge or joining the army of volunteers who make things happen. There are roles for drivers, hostesses, team liaison staff, something for everyone – and a chance to make new friends.”
For ticket information and schedule details go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk