Cheryl has been in the badminton scene for the past 4 and a half years. Cheryl is looking to win her categories in the Junior National Championships and gain more experience in the field. In the future she plans on learning coaching techniques to teach beginners how to master the sport. A fan of pop and classical music Cheryl also finds time to play the flute in a band and orchestra.

Name: Cheryl Gilford

Age: 15

Club: Paola Badminton Club

How long have you been playing badminton? 4 and a half years

Describe badminton in three words: strategy, commitment, competitive

What do you feel when your opponent has cheated? disappointed but I still don’t give up and keep myself determined to win

Which badminton skill do you think is the most difficult to master? backhand techniques

What are you looking to achieve in badminton? Win my categories in the Junior National Championships, take part in International Championships and training camps, when more experience is achieved through participation in multiple competitions and training camps, I intend to take a basic coaching courses to teach beginners.

Who is your badminton idol? Lee Chong Wei

Dream tournament to play in? European Championships (Badminton Europe)

Favourite Movie? The maze runner

Favourite Musician? Fleur East

If it hadn’t been badminton, what other sport would it be? Tennis

Things that you like to do while you are not playing Badminton? I play the flute with a band and with an orchestra

Favourite Food? Pasta

Favourite music/bands? Classical and pop music

Your goal, outside of badminton in life? Succeed in my studies and career and eventually have a happy life