Gilmour shortlisted for Euro award

Kirsty Gilmour
Kirsty Gilmour

Bothwell badminton star Kirsty Gilmour has been rewarded for her excellent form over the past 12 months after being shortlisted for the Best European Young Player of the Year 2013.

Gilmour followed up her victory in the Caperio Swedish Masters by winning her third consecutive Yonex Scottish National women’s singles
title last week as well as retaining her women’s doubles crown.

This follows the 20-year-old’s surge into the top 25 of the world rankings by reaching the finals of the London Grand Prix Gold and the Scottish Open Grand Prix in the autumn.

Her London performance came the week after retaining her Thwack Czech Open title.

And those performances, along with her displays in Scotland’s unbeaten Sudirman Cup campaign last May when they finished top of Division Two, has lifted her to number 22 in the BWF World Rankings.

Gilmour is up against strong competition in Denmark’s rising men’s singles star Viktor Axelsen, Spain’s London and Scottish Open winner Carolina Marin, and Bulgaria’s Stefani Stoeva.

She said: “It’s great to be nominated and the people I am up against are of a good standard so I am pleased to be in the mix.

“I am currently campaigning on Facebook and Twitter and to win the award would be a fitting way to celebrate the last 12 months.”

The winners will be announced at a Badminton Europe Awards Gala in Dublin on Saturday, April 12.

Gilmour was back in action in Women’s Team Championships in Switzerland (yesterday) followed by events in Germany and Switzerland as she hopes to continue her excellent 2014.

She said: “I didn’t play that well in Sweden, but I got through it and it was nice to follow that up by winning on home court.

“The standard of player at the team competition will be really varied, but two tournaments which follow are a real step up in quality so will give me a better gauge of my form and really challenge me.”

You can vote for Gilmour by visiting www.badmintoneurope.com.