GILMOUR Kirsty < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Scotland   
Gender Women
Born 21 Sep 1993 in Bellshill, SCO
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bothwell, SCO
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Film Studies - University of the West of Scotland: Ayr, SCO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age five.
Why this sport? Her father was a national junior coach and her uncle a retired badminton player.
Name of coach Ingo Kindervater [national], GER
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Scotland
General Interest
Hobbies Reading psychology books. (bwfbadminton.com, 05 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver in singles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (bwfbadminton.com, 15 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career Her father Brian, and former coach David Gilmour. (badmintonscotland.org.uk, 02 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol British swimmer Rebecca Adlington, German badminton player Juliane Schenk, British tennis player Andy Murray. (badmintonengland.co.uk, 18 Jan 2015; badmintonscotland.org.uk, 14 May 2014; sportstar.thehindu.com, 16 Jan 2020)
Injuries In December 2020 she sustained a stress reaction injury to her foot during a qualifying match for the 2021 European Mixed Team Championships. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Jan 2021)

She sustained a shoulder injury in late 2020. (bbc.co.uk, 03 Jan 2021)

Her training was disrupted ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to a torn meniscus in her right knee, which she suffered in April that year. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 06 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "My sister is a midwife, she brings new life into the world. I just hit a shuttlecock around for a living." (bbc.co.uk, 10 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives Her uncle David Gilmour has represented Great Britain in badminton, and competed at the world championships in 1993 and 1997. (Team Scotland Media Guide, 2010; bbc.com, 10 Dec 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Sep 2020)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She also aspires to work in the media industry and make use of her degree in film-making and screenwriting. (sportstar.thehindu.com, 16 Jan 2020)
Other information SOCIAL MEDIA
She says athletes need more help to deal with the pressure and exposure of social media. "There's a level of attention that athletes wouldn't have had 20 years ago. It's like a vacuum and we don't have an infrastructure to help athletes with yet as it's still a new thing. Things need to evolve in line with it to help people cope with the pressure and expectation that comes externally, rather than just from within athletes themselves." (bbc.co.uk, 18 May 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a member of the Badminton World Federation [BWF] Athletes' Commission, and as a member of the West of Scotland Institute of Sport Athlete Representative Group. She has also been featured as a guest sports writer for The Herald newspaper in Scotland. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 02 Apr 2020; bwfbadminton.com, 17 Jun 2019, 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)