After an absence of nearly six years, former Olympic Silver medallist Gail Emms MBE will make a comeback to badminton at next month’s English National Championships.
Gail is a former Commonwealth, European and World Champion and one of the most successful badminton players the country has ever produced. After retiring from badminton, she had two children, Harry and Oliver, as well as forging a successful career in the media.
She is best known for winning the mixed doubles Silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics alongside partner Nathan Robertson. The 36-year-old will partner three-times champion Ella Tripp in the women’s doubles and 2013 finalist Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles at the Nationals.
In October, Gail joined the Badminton England coaching staff to help coach future badminton stars. She continues to be closely involved with the sport and it will be fascinating to watch her progress at the upcoming Nationals.
The English National Championships will take place on February 8th and 9th 2014 in Milton Keynes.