Badminton fans who have watched Superseries matches on TV would have heard a distinctive female voice commentating in the matches. The voice belongs to none other than Gillian Clark, a former England, and Great Britain player.
Legendary TV commentator Gillian Margaret Clark was born on Septemeber 2,1961 in Baghdad, Iraq. She represented England at the 1992 Olympics.
Gillian's commentatory is unique in the sense that the listener can sense the excitement in her voice and predict what she would say at a particular stage of the match. After a really long and pulsating rally, she will come up with phrases "What a rally" or "I don't believe it." Or after an unbelievable shot, she will exclaim "Oh my goodness." Her badminton acumen is second to none. Gillian has greatly improved her knowledge of players and now provides insight about them when they are in action.
Gillian Clark as a Player
Gillian Clark is a former Olympian having represented Great Britain in 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics with Julie Bradbury as her partner. She lost in the Women's doubles quarterfinals to eventual gold medallists from South Korea.
Gillian is a two-time bronze medallist at the World Championships, one each in the Mixed doubles and Women's doubles category. She is also three times European open Champion in the Women's doubles in three successive years.Gillian won the mixed doubles European championship partnering Steen Fladberg of Denmark. She has won 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games representing England. At the All England badminton championships, she has thrice been runner-up, twice in the mixed doubles category and once in the women's doubles category.
Not only was she an amazing player, but she is also an equally good commentator, keeping the viewers focused on the live game.Published 21 Dec 2017, 05:35 IST