Sport Focus - 12 Things You Didn't Know About Badminton

November 26, 2017

Consistently in the medals in recent years, Team Scotland has a proud history in Badminton at the Commonwealth Games. To round off our Sport Focus, here are 12 things you might not know about Badminton:

  1. Badminton is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games and must be included every time the Games are held.


  1. Badminton is the second most popular participation sport in the world after football.


  1. The sport made its Commonwealth Games debut at Kingston in 1966.


  1. Scotland have won nine Games medals in Badminton – one gold, two silver and six bronze.


  1. Scotland have won medals in Badminton at four out of the last five Games, the exception being Delhi 2010. Elinor Middlemiss & Sandra Watt took Women’s Doubles bronze in 1998, there was a Mixed Team bronze in 2002, Susan Hughes reached the Women’s Singles podium with bronze in 2006 and there was double success at Glasgow 2014 as Kirsty Gilmour took Women’s Singles silver and Robert Blair & Imogen Bankier took Mixed Doubles bronze.


  1. Scotland’s only gold in Badminton to date came at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh where Billy Gilliland and Dan Travers won the Men’s Doubles.


  1. England and Malaysia have dominated the Team Event at the Commonwealth Games, winning all 10 events held between them.


  1. A shuttlecock is make from cork, leather and 16 goose feathers. The best shuttlecocks are made with feathers from the left wing!


  1. Badminton is the fastest racket sport with the shuttlecock reaching speeds of over 200mph.


  1. Badminton was originally known as “Battledore & Shuttlecock”


  1. The name Badminton comes from the place of the birth of the British game – at the country estate of the Duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire in 1873.


  1. On 26 November 2017 Kirsty Gilmour became the first Scottish woman to take victory at the Scottish Open since Susan Eglestaff (nee Hughes) in 2009. She took the title 23-21 21-12 over Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark!

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