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www.badmintonscotland.org.uk September 2011 3 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE


to another very busy and exciting year. And it couldn’t have got off to a better start.


TA LANDMARK SEASON


HE new season is upon us and I am delighted to commence my Presidency and look ahead


Sunday, August 14 was an incredible day in our history as Imogen Bankier won Scotland’s first world silver medal when she and England’s Chris Adcock capped an incredible week atWembley by finishing runners-up in the mixed doubles at the Yonex BWFWorld Championships after knocking out the 8th, 15th, 4th and 2nd seeds on the way to the final. Let’s hope, with this as a a springboard, that


they are back atWembley tasting more success a year from now at London 2012 after giving GB badminton such an incredible shot in the arm. What an inspiration they will be to all our young, aspiring players. My term of office couldn’t have had a better


start and I would like to say what an honour it is to be President in such a landmark year. Thursday, March 3 was a day to remember, when BADMINTONscotland officially marked 100 years of existence. For me, it was a day of celebration all round,


made particularly special by the presence of the governing body’s hugely supportive Royal Patron, HRH The Earl ofWessex. As the pictures in previous issues of Scottish


Badminton magazine show, His Royal Highness, who is also celebrating his 21st year as Patron, attended the full day of events. He was met on his arrival at Scotstoun by the lively noise of 80 very enthusiastic kids participating


By KAREN STALKER President BADMINTONscotland


in the first ever ‘Centenary Through the Ages Carnivals’, then went on to meet past and present international players and Presidents of BADMINTONscotland before being guest of honour at the evening’s Centenary Dinner. It was a time not only to catch up with old


friends, but also to reminisce through many memories and as President I hope to help guide BADMINTONscotland’s progress into its second hundred years. This year is also a landmark season for athletes


aiming to qualify to represent Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games and I personally wish our top players all the very best in their pursuit of qualification. Unfortunately, there is another important but


less happy landmark. Last season saw the end of a 12-year association with Bank of Scotland, who have been outstanding and loyal supporters of BADMINTONscotland since 1999. Much has been written previously in the maga-


zine about the professional support and advice given from our then funding partner. I personally would like to thank Bank of Scotland for their loyal and committed support over the last 12 years. I would also take this opportunity to thank our current sponsors and partners for their continued


Key role goes to Elinor at Games


ELINORMIDDLEMISS has just taken up a key role as Games Team OperationsManager at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The appointment was made by Commonwealth


Games Scotland (CGS) and the double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in badminton takes over from Vicky Strange, who joined the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee as Head of Sport Competition at the beginning of June. Elinor brings a wealth of relevant experience to


the role, as a former elite athlete, coach and now as an administrator, along with a great passion for the Games. She is a five-times Scottish Commonwealth


Games representative in badminton (1986-2002), winning bronze medals in the women’s doubles in 1998 and in the team event in 2002. She also played in eight Uber Cups, eight


European Team Championships and sixWorld Championships and has the most international caps (136) and national titles (22) of any Scottish female badminton player. She is an advanced coach at equivalent of UKCC


level 2 and has coached atWorld University Games andWorld University Championship level. Elinor recently worked for sportscotland as


Programme and ServicesManager with the East of Scotland Institute of Sport, working with a number


of potential Commonwealth Games athletes and their coaches and key support partners. She also brings experience as a


customer services manager with a large financial institution dealing with operational/ project manage- ment and people management. Elinor was in Delhi as one of the


mentors on the Achieve 2014 pro- gramme and was appointed earlier this year as an Assistant General TeamManager for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games team. Jon Doig, CGS Chief Executive, said: “We are


delighted to have attracted someone of Elinor’s calibre and experience to this key role at Commonwealth Games Scotland. “With Glasgow 2014 just over three years away,


Elinor’s experience and understanding of the Scottish sporting landscape and the unique and important nature of the Commonwealth Games will be of huge benefit and enable her to hit the ground running.We look forward to welcoming her to the team.” As Games Team OperationsManager, Elinor


will support the Chief Executive and lead on the technical planning and preparation of Team


support during these difficult financial times. Every season has a packed representative


calendar and this year is no exception; with the SpecialOlympics having taken place in Athens, World Championships, UK School Games, Youth Commonwealth Games, Under 17 European Championships and Scottish International Championships where we hope our Patron HRH will be able to join us again. It is also the first time that the International


Children’s Games was held in Scotland, at Ravenscraig inMotherwell in August. To all our players and management I wish good luck in all team and individual events. In addition, we have our regular domestic


events. Junior and Senior tournaments are well organised affairs in Scotland and there are always intriguing matches to engage interest. A list of coming events will appear in this magazine. If you can find time to drop in on whatever is happening in your area you are unlikely to be disappointed. Our coaching and development departments, as


always, are extremely busy doing their utmost to promote our sport and improve the quality of our delivery. You can follow their activities on the website, in the coaching bulletins and, of course, in this magazine. Whether you play, coach, organise, officiate,


volunteer or act as chauffeur, you are an essential and valuable asset to badminton and I hope you have an enjoyable and successful season ahead. I look forward to seeing you, probably with my daughter Brooke and hopefully with racket in hand, at one or other of our events.





ElinorMiddlemiss with HRH The Earl ofWessex


Scotland for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she will be the General Team Manager. Elinor said: “I am absolutely delighted to be


joining Commonwealth Games Scotland at such an exciting time for Scottish sport. I was lucky enough to represent Team Scotland at five Commonwealth Games, including the last time it was on home soil in Edinburgh in 1986. “Now to be part of the team again, putting plans


in place to help our athletes realise their potential in Glasgow in 2014 is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”


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