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Athlete in Focus – Susan Egelstaff

Athlete in Focus - Susan Egelstaff

Retired badminton champion Susan Egelstaff first represented Scotland in 2000, and went on to become the highest ranked female badminton athlete in the UK. She won Team Bronze at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, took Women's Singles Bronze four years later in Melbourne and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We caught up with Susan to talk badminton, achieving her Olympic dream and why you should be at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games next summer.

How did you begin playing badminton?

At school – after trying lots of different sports first!

As an athlete, what has been your greatest achievement?

Winning two Commonwealth Bronze medals, and being part of Team GB at London 2012.

When was your most memorable sporting moment?

My first badminton match at London 2012 – when I walked into the Wembley Arena in front of 6,000 people.

What is the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome in your sporting career?

Overcoming a bad knee injury during the London 2012 qualifying period. It should have taken between six and nine months to recover. I did it in three.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your sport, what would it be?

Enjoy it!

Clyde, Glasgow 2014’s cheeky Mascot, likes travelling. If you could take Clyde anywhere in the Commonwealth, where would it be and why?

I would take Clyde to Australia. It is a brilliant place, with great people and a real sporting culture. Clyde would love it!

Can you describe how different it is to experience sport from the spectator stand, rather than on TV?

Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world, and it is so much more impressive in real life compared to just watching it on TV.

In the spectator stand you can fully appreciate how fast and agile badminton players are. The top players are so accurate with their shots, and watching badminton live can be incredibly exciting, as you see how fast and how far the players actually have to run during a match.

Finally, sum up what you think Glasgow 2014 will be like in three words.

Friendly, exciting and fun!

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