Olympic Finalist and former World Badminton Champion, Gail Emms visited Charters School on Tuesday 17 January. Gail held a practical workshop with KS4/5 and KS3 students over two sessions on a brisk morning. In total, forty students experienced playing against the former World Champion or by stepping in to become her doubles partner.
Gail was very happy to give pointers on technique and tactics to the students which had an immediate impact on some of the students' ability. With her friendly approach and encouragement, her enthusiasm filled the sports hall as students stopped what they were doing to watch her impressive skills and movement around the badminton court.
At the end of the sessions, Gail was happy to answer questions about her badminton career and her future ambitions. She made it clear that her road to success was one of hard work and dedication and inspired those listening to endeavour in what they do, whether it be within sport or not. After signing many autographs and smiling for multiple photos, Gail left Charters to continue being the ambassador for sport that she is.
Hayley Edwards, Year 12, said, "The session was a really good opputunity to learn and get tips from Gail. I particuarly liked playing against Gail and Mr Devine in a doubles match! "
Mon, January 23, 2012