MERRILEES Kieran < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Scotland   
Gender Men
Born 12 Sep 1989 in Glasgow, SCO
Height1.81 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Glasgow, SCO
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started playing at age 12 at Esporta Milngavie after being inspired by both of his parents who also play badminton.
Why this sport? He was good enough to play football for Glasgow and West of Scotland when he was in school. He chose badminton, a sport practised by both of his parents, because so many people play football.
Club / Team Tsv Trittau, Germany and Glasgow County Squad: Glasgow, SCO
Name of coach Yves Yun Luo, John Quinn and Peter Jeffries
Coach from which country? Bulgaria
Training Regime He trains twice a day six times a week. He does strength and fitness training every day.
General Interest
Hobbies He likes football and is an avid Rangers fan. (scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com, 13 July 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Selection for Great Britain singles squad, 2009 Bulgarian International Menís singles runner-up,
reaching the final of the 2008 Yonex Welsh International, reaching the semifinals of the 2008 Yonex Hungarian International, being picked to compete for Great Britain in the 2007 Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia, reaching quarterfinals of menís singles at 2007 European Junior U19 Championships.
(badmintonscotland.org.uk, 12 Apr 2010)
Hero / Idol American Olympian Michael Johnson and badminton players Taufik Hidayat and Ville Lang. (olympics.org.uk, 15 Sep 2010, badmintonscotland.org.uk, 12 Apr 2010)
Awards and honours He has won the Glasgow Young Sports Person of the Year and TSB Lloyd's Local Hero awards.
(scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com, 13 Jul 2008)
Other sports He played football in school and played tennis before taking up badminton. (scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com, 13 July 2008
sisport.com, 15 Sep 2010).
Famous relatives Both his parents play badminton. (olympics.org.uk, 15 Sep 2010).
Ambitions He wants to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, but his greatest ambition is to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
(scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com, 13 Jul 2008)