Gillian Clark (badminton)

Gillian Margaret Clark, MBE (born 2 September 1961) is a former English badminton player who specialized in doubles and is currently a badminton television commentator.[2]

Gillian Clark
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Gillian Clark at Australia Open Super Series 2017
Personal information
Birth nameGillian Margaret Clark
CountryEngland
Born (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 59)
Baghdad, Iraq[1]
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
HandednessRight
EventWomen's & Mixed doubles
BWF profile

Badminton CareerEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Clark won two bronze medals at the World Championships a decade apart; for women's doubles in 1983, and for mixed doubles in 1993.

Olympic GamesEdit

Clark competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with Julie Bradbury. In the first round they defeated Erma Sulistianingsih and Rosiana Tendean of Indonesia and in the second round Katrin Schmidt and Kerstin Ubben of Germany. In the quarterfinals they were beaten by the eventual gold medalists, Hwang Hye-young and Chung So-young of Korea, 5–15, 5–15.

All England ChampionshipEdit

She reached the finals of the prestigious All England Open Championships; in the 1985 mixed doubles with Thomas Kihlström, the 1990 doubles with Gillian Gowers and 1994 the mixed with Chris Hunt.

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Clark has won twelve Commonwealth Games medals spanning four Games from 1982 until 1994. The medal breakdown was six gold medals (one with Gillian Gowers in the doubles, one with Chris Hunt in the mixed doubles and four in the team event), three silver medals all in the doubles and three bronze medals in the singles and mixed doubles.[3][4][5][6]

European ChampionshipsEdit

She won four gold medals at the biennial European Championships; three consecutively (1982, 1984, and 1986) in women's doubles and one in mixed doubles (1988).

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Brøndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark   Gillian Gilks   Lin Ying
  Wu Dixi
3–15, 17–18   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1993 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England   Nick Ponting   Thomas Lund
  Catrine Bengtsson
8–15, 15–18   Bronze

World CupEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Gillian Gilks   Wu Jianqiu
  Xu Rong
5–15, 3–15   Bronze
1984 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Nora Perry   Wu Jianqiu
  Xu Rong
15–12, 9–15, 10–15   Bronze
1991 Macau Forum, Macau   Nettie Nielsen   Hwang Hye-young
  Chung So-young
5–15, 16–18   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Steen Fladberg   Eddy Hartono
  Verawaty Fajrin
8–15, 15–17   Silver
1987 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Steen Fladberg   Wang Pengren
  Shi Fangjing
11–15, 15–1, 4–15   Silver
1990 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Henrik Svarrer  
 
  Bronze
1993 Indira Gandhi Arena, New Delhi, India   Nick Ponting   Peter Axelsson
  Gillian Gowers
12–15, 11–15   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1982 Edmonton, Brisbane, Australia   Karen Beckman Walkover   Bronze
1986 Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland   Denyse Julien 11–3, 11–3   Bronze

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Edmonton,
Brisbane, Australia
  Karen Beckman   Claire Backhouse
  Johanne Falardeau
15–13, 16–18, 4–15   Silver
1986 Meadowbank Sports Centre,
Edinburgh, Scotland
  Gillian Gowers   Denyse Julien
  Johanne Falardeau
15–6, 15–7   Gold
1990 Auckland Badminton Hall,
Auckland, New Zealand
  Gillian Gowers   Fiona Smith
  Sara Sankey
14–18, 15–2, 9–15   Silver
1994 Victoria, Canada   Julie Bradbury   Joanne Muggeridge
  Joanne Wright
9–15, 11–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Auckland Badminton Hall,
Auckland, New Zealand
  Andy Goode   Steve Baddeley
  Gillian Gowers
Walkover   Bronze
1994 Victoria, Canada   Chris Hunt   Simon Archer
  Julie Bradbury
15–11, 15–4   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Böblingen, West Germany   Gillian Gilks   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
15–3, 15–11   Gold
1984 Guild Hall, Preston, England   Karen Chapman   Gillian Gilks
  Karen Beckman
15–17, 15–12, 15–2   Gold
1986 Uppsala, Sweden   Gillian Gowers   Dorte Kjær
  Nettie Nielsen
15–11, 15–12   Gold
1988 Kristiansand, Norway   Julie Munday   Dorte Kjær
  Nettie Nielsen
7–15, 4–15   Silver
1990 Moscow, Soviet Union   Gillian Gowers   Eline Coene
  Erica van Dijck
10–15, 15–11, 15–17   Bronze
1994 Maaspoort Sports and Events,
Den Bosch, Netherlands
  Julie Bradbury   Lim Xiaoqing
  Christine Magnusson
11–15, 15–12, 14–16   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Guild Hall, Preston, England   Nigel Tier   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
11–15, 8–15   Bronze
1988 Kristiansand, Norway   Steen Fladberg   Alex Meijer
  Erica van Dijck
17–16, 4–15, 15–10   Gold

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Mülheim an der Ruhr, West Germany   Sally Leadbeater   Charlotte Pilgaard
  Bettina Kristensen
15–12, 15–9   Gold

IBF World Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Japan Open   Gillian Gilks   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
15–6, 15–8   Winner
1983 Dutch Open   Gillian Gilks   Sally Podger
  Karen Chapman
15–8, 17–16   Winner
1984 German Open   Karen Chapman   Gillian Gilks
  Karen Beckman
14–17, 14–18   Runner-up
1984 Malaysia Open   Christine Magnusson   Wu Jianqiu
  Guan Weizhen
10–15, 13–15   Runner-up
1985 Chinese Taipei Open   Nora Perry   Karen Beckman
  Gillian Gilks
10–15, 17–14, 15–0   Winner
1985 Dutch Open   Gillian Gowers   Eline Coene
  Erica van Dijck
15–4, 15–2   Winner
1985 Malaysia Open   Gillian Gowers   Verawaty Fajrin
  Dwi Elmyati
15–10, 15–11   Winner
1985 India Open   Gillian Gowers   Hwang Sun-ae
  Kang Haeng-suk
7–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1985 English Masters   Gillian Gowers   Karen Beckman
  Sara Sankey
11–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1986 Carlton-Intersport-Cup   Gillian Gowers   Dorte Kjær
  Nettie Nielsen
15–9, 15–11   Winner
1986 Denmark Open   Gillian Gowers   Zheng Yuli
  Gu Jiaming
9–15, 18–15, 17–16   Winner
1986 English Masters   Gillian Gowers   Maria Bengtsson
  Christine Magnusson
5–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1986 Scottish Open   Gillian Gowers   Maria Bengtsson
  Christine Magnusson
8–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1987 Poona Open   Gillian Gowers   Sarwendah Kusumawardhani
  Erma Sulistianingsih
15–3, 15–5   Winner
1987 German Open   Gillian Gowers   Lin Ying
  Guan Weizhen
6–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1987 English Masters   Gillian Gowers   Dorte Kjær
  Nettie Nielsen
8–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1987 Denmark Open   Gillian Gowers   Atsuko Tokuda
  Yoshiko Yonekura
7–15, 10–15   Runner-up
1988 Japan Open   Gillian Gowers   Chung Myung-hee
  Chung So-young
2–15, 15–7, 6–15   Runner-up
1988 German Open   Gillian Gowers   Lao Yujing
  Zheng Yuli
8–15, 15–3, 4–15   Runner-up
1988 Dutch Open   Sara Sankey   Dorte Kjær
  Nettie Nielsen
9–15, 15–9, 15–6   Winner
1988 English Masters   Gillian Gowers   Lin Ying
  Guan Weizhen
6–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1988 Scottish Open   Sara Sankey   Dorte Kjær
  Gitte Paulsen
Walkover   Winner
1989 Japan Open   Julie Munday   Chung Myung-hee
  Chung So-young
15–4, 10–15, 15–3   Winner
1989 Poona Open   Sara Sankey   Maria Bengtsson
  Christine Magnusson
4–15, 15–13, 4–15   Runner-up
1989 German Open   Gillian Gowers   Erma Sulistianingsih
  Rosiana Tendean
15–10, 2–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open   Gillian Gowers   Pernille Dupont
  Grete Mogensen
11–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1989 Scottish Open   Gillian Gowers   Karen Chapman
  Sara Sankey
15–10, 15–6   Winner
1990 Chinese Taipei Open   Gillian Gowers   Chun Sung-suk
  Shim Eun-jung
15–3, 15–6   Winner
1990 Finnish Open   Gillian Gowers   Maria Bengtsson
  Christine Magnusson
12–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1990 All England Open   Gillian Gowers   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
15–6, 4–15, 4–15   Runner-up
1990 Singapore Open   Gillian Gowers   Maria Bengtsson
  Christine Magnusson
15–12, 15–13   Winner
1990 Scottish Open   Gillian Gowers   Catrine Bengtsson
  Maria Bengtsson
16–18, 11–15   Runner-up
1991 Japan Open   Gillian Gowers   Guan Weizhen
  Nong Qunhua
6–15, 18–15, 15–9   Winner
1991 Finnish Open   Nettie Nielsen   Pan Li
  Wu Yuhong
15–9, 14–17, 15–11   Winner
1991 Malaysia Open   Nettie Nielsen   Hwang Hye-young
  Chung So-young
10–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1991 Swedish Open   Nettie Nielsen   Catrine Bengtsson
  Maria Bengtsson
13–15, 15–9, 15–10   Winner
1992 Indonesia Open   Gillian Gowers   Erma Sulistianingsih
  Rosiana Tendean
12–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1992 Singapore Open   Gillian Gowers   Chen Ying
  Sheng Wenqing
16–18, 15–4, 15–8   Winner
1992 World Grand Prix Finals   Gillian Gowers   Lin Yanfen
  Yao Fen
7–15, 16–17   Runner-up
1993 Swiss Open   Joanne Wright   Marina Andrievskaya
  Marina Yakusheva
15–8, 15–7   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1985 All England Open   Thomas Kihlström   Billy Gilliland
  Nora Perry
10–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1986 Indonesia Open   Steen Fladberg   Steve Baddeley
  Gillian Gowers
15–4, 15–5   Winner
1987 Chinese Taipei Open   Steen Fladberg   Billy Gilliland
  Gillian Gowers
15–7, 14–18, 15–5   Winner
1988 Poona Open   Steen Fladberg   Nils Skeby
  Dorte Kjær
15–8, 15–6   Winner
1988 German Open   Steen Fladberg   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
9–15, 18–14, 15–4   Winner
1988 Thailand Open   Steen Fladberg   Wang Pengren
  Shi Fangjing
17–14, 4–15, 15–9   Winner
1991 Finnish Open   Max Gandrup   Henrik Svarrer
  Maria Bengtsson
12–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1993 Chinese Taipei Open   Nick Ponting   Denny Kantono
  Zelin Resiana
Walkover   Runner-up
1993 World Grand Prix Finals   Nick Ponting   Thomas Lund
  Catrine Bengtsson
9–15, 7–15   Runner-up
1994 All England Open   Chris Hunt   Nick Ponting
  Joanne Wright
10–15, 11–15   Runner-up

IBF InternationalEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1981 French Open   Svetlana Belyasova   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Czechoslovakian International   Sally Leadbeater   Charlotte Pilgaard
  Kirsten Larsen
15–9, 15–5   Winner
1980 Czechoslovakian International   Kathleen Redhead   Dorte Kjær
  Pia Nielsen
15–5, 15–5   Winner
1982 Scottish Open   Gillian Gilks   Helen Troke
  Barbara Sutton
15–3, 15–8   Winner
1982 Indonesia Open   Gillian Gilks   Atsuko Tokuda
  Yoshiko Yonekura
17–14, 14–17, 15–12   Winner
1982 Canadian Open   Gillian Gilks   Claire Backhouse
  Johanne Falardeau
17–14, 15–6   Winner
1983 English Masters   Gillian Gilks   Chen Ruizhen
  Zheng Jian
12–7 retired   Runner-up
1984 English Masters   Nora Perry   Lin Ying
  Wu Dixi
5–15, 1–15   Runner-up
1991 Wimbledon International   Julie Bradbury   Gillian Gowers
  Sara Sankey
5–15, 15–10, 15–5   Winner
1991 Spanish International   Julie Bradbury   Ciara Doheny
  Katrin Schmidt
12–15, 15–12, 15–7   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Czechoslovakian International   Andy Goode   Kenneth Larsen
  Charlotte Pilgaard
9–15, 6–15   Runner-up
1991 Spanish International   Andy Goode   David Serrano
  Eshter Sanz
15–7, 15–3   Winner

Personal lifeEdit

Clark was harassed by a stalker for more than 10 years since 2001. The perpetrator was diagnosed with persistent delusional personality disorder and jailed for 2 years.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gillian Clark Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ Tiwari, Rakesh. "Gillian Clark - The Voice of Badminton". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  4. ^ "1986 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "1990 Athletes". Team England.
  6. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  7. ^ Spereall, David. "Stalker's 17-year campaign of harassment against BBC star". Hull Live. Retrieved 20 March 2019.