Latest Badminton News and Articles

Gail Emms becomes Badminton England's first ambassador (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 06 January 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 571

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms has agreed to become Badminton England's first ambassador as the national governing body attempts to bolster the sport through one of its best-known faces.

Emms, 31, who retired after last year's Beijing Games, will start immediately as a mentor to promising young players at all levels of the game. Booster: Gail Emms will become Badminton England's first ambassador

Adrian Christy, Badminton England's chief executive, said: “We couldn’t let Gail just slip away quietly after everything she has done for badminton. She has not only achieved unprecedented success for herself but has also raised the sport’s profile like never before.

Emms, who represented England 68 times following her debut in 1995, will primarily work at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes. She said: "After what badminton has done for me, this is now a great opportunity to give something back to the sport. We have some real talent coming through and I am looking forward to working with the players who can hopefully build on the success that came my way.

“I’ve had a few months to relax and reflect on my playing career and I am now refreshed and ready for this new and exciting challenge. I’m not here to coach but to inspire and motivate and I hope I can play my part in getting people involved in badminton at all levels.

“We have big opportunities to showcase the sport over the next three years in the countdown to London 2012. It’s an opportunity not to be wasted – I can’t wait to get started.”

Christy added: “We have worked very hard to increase the number of people playing our sport and there is a lot more still to be done. We are far more than simply an Elite Olympic sport but a game that can be enjoyed by all age groups - from school and junior level, right through the club and grass-roots level, and on to Veterans. Gail has a big part to play in helping us achieve our ambitions.”

 

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: Hong Kong Open 2014

2014 Hong Kong Open Badminton videos

Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Chen Long, K. Srikanth book Dubai semi-final berths

Dubai: World number two Chen Long, fought back from a set do

Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei win most outstanding athletes for 2013-14

Putrajaya: National women’s badminton doubles pair Vivian

Son Wan-ho overtakes no. 1 Chen Long with Hong Kong triumph

Hong Kong: After Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia handed him the f

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

The love story of Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo

By Cheryl Tay The love story of Singapore badminton players