Imogen ready to court success again

Imogen Bankier
Imogen Bankier

OLYMPIAN Imogen Bankier is hoping for a magnificent seventh title win at the Scottish badminton championships next month.

The 24-year-old Milngavie ace will be aiming for the mixed doubles title at the Yonex Scottish National Championships at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

The three-day tournament runs from February 1.

However, Bankier – who has won five times with Watson Briggs and once with Longniddry’s Paul Van Rietvelde – will not start as favourite for the title this year.

In the latest seedings for the tournament, Bankier – the 2011 world mixed doubles silver medallist – was seeded second with Renfrew’s Briggs behind Glasgow pair Robert Blair and Jillie Cooper.

Commenting on the calibre of entries this year, the governing body for the sport north of the border – BADMINTONscotland – said the expertise and experience of those competing was very encouraging for next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Chief executive Anne Smillie said: “We have had a great entry to the Yonex Scottish National Championships this year.

“With Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair, two former world silver medallists, in the draw the strength in depth we have at the moment, particularly in mixed doubles, is really encouraging with a view to our squad for Glasgow 2014.

“I’m looking forward to watching some fantastic matches at Bell’s Sports Centre and I would encourage everyone to come along to watch the action.”

This is the 12th year the Yonex Scottish National Championships have been held in Perth.

Bankier (pictured on the right) has put the disappointment of the London Olympics behind her to concentrate on the Commonwealth Games when they are staged in Glasgow in 2014.

At the Olympics, Bankier – a former High School of Glasgow pupil – was knocked out of the Games with English partner Chris Adcock. They lost their two opening games to Germany.