Gail Emms MBE
British badminton player
Sports Science BSc(Hons) 1998; HonDSc 2009
Olympian Gail Emms has taken British badminton to the pinnacle of the world rankings. She has played since the age of four and first represented England in 1995. Since then, Gail has regularly played for her country, until she announced her retirement from international competition at the Beijing Olympics. With partner Nathan Robertson she became world number one in the mixed doubles, All England Champion, Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist, and was awarded an MBE in 2009 in recognition of her achievements.
In December 2010 she joined tennis legend Martina Navratilova and a team of 27 fundraisers to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. Gail is an Ambassador for Badminton England and for the Youth Sport Trust, and is a mentor for young players aiming for the 2012 London Olympics.
"Kingston was not just about studying for me. I grew up whilst I was there, I learnt to be independent and grew in self-confidence. Whether I'm on-court or off-court, the person I am today is largely down to what I learnt at Kingston."