BADMINTONscotland today marked One Year to Go to the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 by unveiling Scotland and Glasgow Warriors rugby star Finn Russell as an Official Ambassador.
He joins Scotland and Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon as Ambassador of the Championships which will be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August next year.
Finn greeted pupils from Glasgow School of Sport and Hillhead High School at the Kelvin Hall, the long-time home of the Scottish Open before the third oldest Open tournament in world badminton moved to its present home at the Emirates Arena.
Glasgow School of Sport pupils will be involved in assisting at the World Coaching Conference to be held in conjunction with the World Championships next year, while Hillhead High School is providing Sports Leaders to assist BADMINTONscotland run various Big Hit grassroots events over the coming 12 months aimed at creating a sustainable legacy from the TOTAL BWF World Championships.
Finn is a big badminton fan, having grown up in a family steeped in the sport’s history. His late grandmother Marjory was a Scotland star of the 1950s and when BADMINTONscotland celebrated its centenary in 2011 she was the oldest former Scotland internationalist present.
Her husband, Alasdair, was also a Scotland international while Finn’s father Keith was a junior badminton international along with his two brothers.
The School of Sport, which has produced many of Scotland’s current and emerging top players, joined Finn to mark the countdown to the World Championships next year.
Finn said: “I am delighted to be involved in the TOTAL BWF World Championships. Badminton runs in our family and I know full well what a great community sport it is as well as a highly skilful and competitive game at the top level.
“I am looking forward to helping promote the World Championships over the coming months and helping BADMINTONscotland in their aim to get more and more children playing the game.”
The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 are being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in conjunction with Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and UK Sport.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Total BWF Badminton World Championships will see the eyes of the sporting world focus upon Scotland once again and we are delighted to support this event through EventScotland’s International Programme.
“As we have proven in recent years, Scotland is the perfect stage for sporting events, and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s finest athletes to experience the roar of the Emirates crowd one year from now.”
Tickets are already on sale for the biggest badminton event in Scotland for 10 years. For more information go to www.glasgow2017.com or phone 0141 353 8000 to book tickets.