Susan calls it a day

A CLARKSTON Olympian is calling time on her career after more than 20 years.

SUSAN EGELSTAFF, who is Scotland’s most successful singles badminton player of the decade, won a Commonwealth team bronze and an individual women’s singles bronze during her career.

Also among her career highlights was a Scottish international championship win at the Kelvin Hall in 2009 after several years of coming close.

She told ExtraSport: “I think that now is the right time for me to retire because I don’t feel I have the motivation that’s needed to give everything in training every day any more. That being the case, I would never want to continue and not give it 100 per cent. I feel if I did that I wouldn’t be doing justice to myself, to the sport or to everyone who helps me.

“I’ve had a fantastic career, I’ve been so lucky to have had the chance to be a full-time athlete for so long and to have had so much support and help from so many people. I’ve had some amazing experiences and met so many brilliant people along the way.

“Qualifying for the Olympics had been a goal of mine for almost 20 years so to have achieved it this summer, and to have played so well in London, makes me feel like this is the perfect way to go out.

“While I am, of course, very sad that my career is at an end, I am excited about doing new things and beginning a new chapter in my life. I’m definitely going to stay involved in badminton and the next couple of years will be a really exciting time for the sport with the Commonwealth Games coming up.”

In a 12-year career on the international circuit Egelstaff won a number of tournaments as well as reaching a career-best No. 19 in the world.

The 30-year-old was a member of the Scotland team which won the bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and won the women’s singles bronze medal at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

In 2010 in Delhi she came within one win away from another bronze, losing the third-place play-off to great England rival Elizabeth Cann. But she responded by edging out Cann in the year-long qualifying battle to represent Team GB at the Olympics despite three months out with a knee injury.

Egelstaff, started playing badminton at the age of nine at primary school, made her Scotland international debut in the 1999-2000 season and went on to win 90 international caps to stand second only to Anne Gibson among Scotland’s singles specialists, men and women.

She won six Scottish National singles titles, four of them consecutively, and one doubles title.