Last Updated: September 18, 2012 1:12pm
Nathan Robertson: Appointed as a Badminton England Ambassador
Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson has been appointed as a Badminton England Ambassador.
The 2004 Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist and 2006 World Champion is one of the biggest names in world badminton.
"I am looking forward to working on some exciting new projects to promote and push badminton forward.
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Roberston announced his retirement as a player earlier in June and Badminton England see him as a personality who can inspire a new generation of young players to follow in his footsteps.
He becomes only the second Badminton England Ambassador, joining his former mixed doubles partner Gail Emms in the respected role.
Robertson is the most successful England player of the last two decades. He won gold medals at European and Commonwealth Championships on top of his Olympic and World Championship successes.
The 35-year-old from Nottingham, who made his international debut in 1995, went on to win 114 England caps.
His tournament successes include winning the 2005 Yonex All England title with Emms and lifting the Singapore Open men's doubles title with Anthony Clark in 2009 to give England their first Super Series success.
He and Emms were world No.1s in mixed doubles while he and Clark reached No. 4 in the world in men's doubles. He also won nine English National men's doubles titles and six mixed doubles crowns.
Robertson will now be working closely with Badminton England on several new and exciting ventures to be announced shortly. Along with Emms, he will also be supporting the Performance Centre programme which focuses on developing the next generation of talented young players as well as playing a key role in raising the profile and reach of the sport.
Chief Executive of Badminton England, Adrian Christy, said: "Nathan has so much to offer the game and as soon as we were aware of his decision to retire we began to make plans that would ensure we could retain his knowledge and enthusiasm as well as respecting the many other plans he has.
"We have several exciting projects being scoped right now and we will draw on all of Nathan's experience as these take shape. I am delighted to have him working with us."
Robertson added: "I am very happy to continue my association with Badminton England through my new role as a BE ambassador. I am looking forward to working on some exciting new projects to promote and push badminton forward into the future."
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