Susan Egelstaff

Date: 02/01/2014

Susan Egelstaff represented Scotland in three Commonwealth Games, winning team bronze at Manchester 2002 and individual bronze at Melbourne 2006.

For Badminton star Susan Egelstaff, the legacy of the Games in 2014 is just as important as the sporting prowess the world will witness over the 11-day competition.

Having participated in three Commonwealth Games herself, Susan is no stranger to what the event means to those involved. But her main hope from the Games coming to Scotland is what will be left behind.

She said: "It is fantastic to see that there is already a legacy being built from the Games coming to Scotland and I hope that the whole event really does inspire people to grasp the opportunities available with both hands.

"There is no better platform than the Commonwealth Games to showcase minority sports like badminton for example and I hope that it opens up people's eyes to the breadth of options out there. Activities like these really are accessible to everyone and I am confident that the Games can help encourage us to be a more active, healthier nation."

Growing up in Glasgow's south side, Susan first caught the Badminton bug playing at primary school before progressing through the ranks and being selected for the Scottish senior team at just 16 years of age.

On continuing to develop her skills at the National Badminton Training Academy in Scotstoun, it was soon clear that Susan was playing at a world-class level and she went on to represent Scotland at her first Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002.

In addition to the incredible feat of winning a team bronze there, the highlight of Susan's career came four years later when she brought home an individual bronze at Melbourne 2006.

She said: "Competing in the Commonwealth Games as part of Team Scotland was the best thing in the world. There was always a strong team morale and we would spur each other on to achieve great things.

"I was so proud to be part of the Badminton team to win bronze in Manchester, and then to go on to win my individual medal four years later was just amazing."

Susan has since gone on to compete in Delhi 2010 and London 2012 but has now retired from Badminton and is instead enjoying life working for the BBC, The Herald and participating in events connected to the Games in 2014.

She hopes that her personal legacy is to show other young people what they can achieve:

"It's so exciting to be part of the Commonwealth Games and I hope more young Scots see just how much it has impacted lives like mine and feel inspired to reach for their own goals. If I manage to encourage even just one person to pick up a Badminton racquet and give it a go then I've done something right!"