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Badminton Ace Visits Hamilton School
Just days after securing her highest world ranking to date, badminton star Kirsty Gilmour dropped in to a Hamilton primary school to officially open a new fun and fitness Trim Trail for the pupils.
A strong performance at the Indonesian Open this month saw Kirsty rise to number 15 in the Badminton World Rankings, maintaining her place as Team GB’s top female player and level pegging with the UK’s top male player Rajiv Ouseph, who is also world number 15.
Kirsty went straight from the Indonesian Open to play in the Australian Open but then on a brief visit home to South Lanarkshire she generously took the time to drop in at St John’s Primary in Hamilton to open the school’s new trim trail on Monday, June 13.
The Team GB squad for this summer’s Rio Olympics has not been announced yet but Kirsty looks certain to represent Britain, she first entered international competition at 14 as a member of Team South Lanarkshire in 2007 at the Reykjavik International Children’s Games and claimed a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Trim Trail, funded by the St John’s Primary Parent Council, consists of outdoor fitness and exercise equipment including a treadmill, balance beam, swinging tyres, stepping posts and a wobble board.
Kirsty, who is originally from Bothwell, said: “I was delighted to be invited to the school for this event and the Trim Trail looks like a fantastic way to encourage the children to keep active.
“I have received great support in my sporting career through South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, especially when I was starting out, so I love being able to visit local schools and give something back, I hope that my success can help encourage pupils to pursue their dreams and aim for the top.”
Secretary of the St John’s Primary School Parent Council, Gayle Baxter, said: “It is great that Kirsty was able to come along to the school, she was great with the pupils, encouraging them and joining in. The pupils all played a part in voting on the Trim Trail equipment and having a genuine sporting celebrity take the time to perform the opening ceremony was a real treat for them.”
Head teacher of St John’s Primary School, Alison Hope, said: “The Parent Council did a fabulous job to raise the funds for the new equipment and it is a welcome addition to the playground which has proved an instant success. We are really grateful to Kirsty for taking the time to perform the official opening ceremony. She has won new fans among our pupils who will be following her sporting career and who will, I am sure, be inspired by her success.”