Gilmour heads up Team Scotland badminton squad for Gold Coast

Gilmour heads up Team Scotland badminton squad for Gold Coast
By Sportsbeat

14/02/2018 at 12:20Updated

Kirsty Gilmour expects tough competition as she goes for a second Commonwealth Games medal on the Gold Coastin April.

Gilmour, who won silver at Glasgow 2014, headlines the eight-strong badminton squad announced by Team Scotland, with Kerian Merrilees, Patrick MacHugh and Martin Campbell also competing in their second Games.

The remaining half of the team - featuring Adam Hall, Julie MacPherson and teenagers Alex Dunn and Eleanor O'Donnell - are set to make their Commonwealth Games debuts.

And this mixture of youth and experience, combined with an intensive training programme over winter, has Gilmour feeling confident of success in Australia.

"Physically I feel quite good," said the 24-year-old.

"I had a long period in Asia over Christmas and New Year. I was in India then went directly to Malaysia and Indonesia so I had a good six weeks and I think that was what I really needed, to get some consistent matches against the top girls in the world.

"I'm trying to keep building some ranking points for seeding and looking towards the Commonwealth Games I'm feeling quite good.

"The Gold Coast is going to be a very different feel from Glasgow. Of course I'm hoping to have a high seeding position but I think the standard is going to be really strong this year.

"India are putting forward two girls, there's myself, [Canada's] Michelle Li, there's Jin Wei Goh from Malaysia, there's Singapore, so there is going to be a lot of us vying for the medals.

"It's just going to come down to all those little things linking up and I'm going to be as best prepared as I can be."

Since Glasgow, Gilmour has claimed two European silver medals and, with Team Scotland just one short of reaching ten badminton medals at the Commonwealth Games, there is confidence the milestone can be reached Down Under.

But of the nine medals accrued so far only one is gold, when Billy Gilliland and Dan Travers claimed men's doubles gold on the home courts of Edinburgh 1986.

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