Susan’s first appearance at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow was as a 14-year-old scorer in 1997 before competing in the event as a player in 2007. This week, following a long and successful international career, Susan returned to the 2017 version at the Emirates Arena as an official Ambassador to the Championships with her duties including hosting the kids’ carnival for dozens of wannabe badminton stars of tomorrow.
Susan’s former competition sponsor, Yonex, the world’s number one badminton racquet brand, was very much in evidence at the Championships with many of world’s top players winning with Yonex equipment and sporting stylish Yonex performance clothing.
Not content with her ambassadorial role at the Championships, Susan is pictured proudly carrying the Queen’s baton as it arrived in Glasgow as part of the 2018 Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay en route to next year’s Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
At this morning’s celebrations at Kelvingrove Art Gallery marking the ‘100 Days to Go” milestone, Susan was unveiled as an ambassador for the 2017 World Badminton Championships, scheduled to be held in Glasgow this August.
Susan joins fellow ambassadors, tennis coach Judy Murray, golfer Catrioana Mathew, rugby player Finn Russell, footballer Craig Gordon and Deacon Blue drummer, Dougie Vipond, (pictured).
Being awarded this event is something of a coup for Glasgow as it will be the first time in two decades that Scotland has hosted these Championships.
From Lance Armstrong to Maria Sharapova, doping in sport has become a huge issue.
This “courtroom” drama held at Glasgow University put doping on trial and asked the jury to decide whether the use of drugs in sport should be legalised or should the current ban remain in place.
Susan, representing the athletes’ perspective, was called as one of six expert witnesses who also included the UK’s leading physiologists, geneticists and sports’ doctors, all of whom were cross-examined by qualified lawyers.
The jury’s verdict? An overwhelming majority voting to maintain the status-quo and uphold the ban.
Susan has joined the prestigious list of contributors to ‘The Mixed Zone’ website, which was set up in conjunction with The Women’s Sport Trust. The WST is a charity committed to raising the visibility and impact of women’s sport by increasing the percentage and quality of media coverage in addition to identifying and promoting a diverse range of role models.
The Mixed Zone website was set-up by award-winning sports journalist, Sue Mott, and is a forum for female athletes and journalists to share items of interest related to women’s sport. The novel format features blogs by current athletes, comment pieces by sports journalists and interviews with high-profile personalities from the world of sport.
Susan is pictured with fellow guests Rhona McLeod and Alex Arthur at the 20th Annual Beatson Charity Sporting Dinner, held in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
Rhona McLeod, a former Scottish international track and field athlete and current BBC Scotland broadcaster and Alex Arthur, MBE and former British, Commonwealth, European and WBO super featherweight champion, joined Susan to support this most worthwhile of Scottish cancer charity events.