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Credit: Mark Phelan
- My idol is Lin Dan
Date: 12/20/2018 10:26 AM
Published by : Annika Langrock
Christopher Grimley is 18 years old and one of Scotland’s biggest talents. He spoke to Badminton Europe about his highlights of the year, the relationship with his brother and his role models.  

Ranked number one in the BEC Junior Circuit Ranking in Men’s Singles and Doubles, Christopher Grimley is representing Scotland successfully at Junior level and is one of Team Scotland’s biggest hopes for the future.

The 18-year-old has participated in 14 tournaments in 2018. Overall, it has been a good year on court for the Scot. 

- My badminton year has been successful. I reached a lot of my goals and I am happy with my performances at many of the competitions I have participated in this year, he revealed to Badminton Europe. 

The highlight of the year: The Youth Olympics

In Men’s Singles, Grimley was able to win the Hellas Junior International, the Lithuanian Junior and the Swedish Junior. Besides, he has participated in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

- To compete at the Youth Olympics was my biggest goal and I managed to qualify after a tough qualification period. Representing Team Great Britain there was definitely the most memorable moment for me in 2018, he said.

Christopher Grimley is not only successful in Men’s Singles.

This year, he also won the Lithuanian Junior, the Bulgarian Junior International Championships, the Hungarian Junior International and the Swedish Junior in Men’s Doubles, with his twin brother Matthew.  


Two Grimleys on one court

Furthermore, the brother’s pair has reached the Round of 16 at the Li NING BWF World Junior Championship, as well as the final of the European Junior Championships this year. 

- My Silver medal in Men’s Doubles at the U19 European Junior Championships in Estonia was also a highlight, Christopher Grimley said.

- Furthermore, it has been my first senior cap playing for Scotland at the European Mixed Team Championships Qualifications, he added. 

The Grimley brothers were born in Cardonald, a suburb of Glasgow. Christopher Grimley described how it is for him to play Doubles with his brother:

- Matthew and I have a very good relationship on and off the court. I really enjoy playing badminton with him. 

The goal: Olympic and Commonwealth Games  

For the future, Christopher Grimley has certain goals and dreams.

- My long-term goals are to compete at the Olympic Games in 2024 and 2028, as well as to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and 2026, he revealed to Badminton Europe.

- It is my dream to win major titles in the future, such as the World Championships, the Olympic Games, or the Commonwealth Games, he added. 

When it comes to fulfilling his goals, the young Scot is inspired by specific player legends.

- My badminton idol is Lin Dan because he is so successful and won a lot of major titles in his career. He is a legend of the sport. 
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