A visit from our sponsored athletes...
Two of NorDan's sponsored athletes, Kirsty Gilmour and Meggan Dawson Farrell recently visited our Livingston head office to give a talk to our team about about goal setting and overcoming challenges . Feedback from our team was great and they commented on feeling inspired and impressed by Kirsty and Meggan's positive attitudes.
UK No1 Badminton Player, Kirsty has written us a blog about her year so far:
If you’d have told me back in January that I would be where I am now now I would have been delighted but sceptical. After knee surgery in October, rehabilitation, funding cuts and a new coach it’s been a big year. And so far, so good!
Since October I’ve seen a massive change in my expectations, in my body, my performances and my lifestyle.
I’ve gone from being delighted at being able to straighten my leg fully, to expecting myself to be able to back squat two times my body weight. And being disappointed if I’m not able. I used to think that winning an International Challenge Level tournament was great, now I won’t settle for anything less than a Grand Prix. And I used to treat myself to one more piece of cake. Now I expect myself to recognise that I don’t want to be shifting that around the court tomorrow.
Having an injury and some time out from badminton allowed me to step back and recognise why I do this, why I love this and why I want to continue. I think it was one of the best things that could have happened. I wouldn’t have said that 10 months ago, hindsight is a beautiful thing!
Since starting back competing I have won 2 national titles, 2 international titles, 1 European medal and risen 34 spots in the world rankings. And I’m just getting started.
I have some personal goals I want to achieve but that won’t be possible unless I can focus one-hundred percent on training and be able to cultivate the optimum tournament programme.. which comes at a price.
With my coach I have chosen tournaments that will challenge my level, give me experience and boost my ranking. I wouldn’t be able to do that if it weren’t for the support that I receive from NorDan. It’s such a privilege to be part of such an honest and trustworthy team. As a singles player I rarely get that opportunity to feel part of something bigger than myself so I feel a sense of responsibility to represent the company to the absolute best of my abilities. It’s a very new feeling for me!
So since the World Championships in Glasgow I have had one week holiday and been back into training for a week. Now I’m getting ready to head over to Korea and then Japan for Super Series level tournaments.
As ever, I’ll be proudly sporting that bright yellow logo on the front of my t-shirt.