Retired British Badminton player, Gail Emma MBE, earned international victories in the doubles tournaments. Since she started playing at the age 4, Gail has had such passion for the sport that she was chosen to represent England in 1995, and continued to do so until her retirement in 2008.Book Gail Emms Today!
At the peak of her career, Gail Emms won gold at the 2006 World Championships in Madrid, 2004 European Championships in Geneva, and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, all three partnered with Nathan Robertson. In 2002, she won bronze at the Commonwealth Games whilst partnered with Joanne Good, and gold whilst representing England in the mixed team event.
In the following year, re-partnered with Nathan Robertson, she secured the World Badminton Grand Prix title. Whilst competing in the English National Badminton Championships, Gail dominated the mixed doubles three times, and the women’s doubles two times. Gail’s early life consisted of her studying a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Kingston University, before becoming a full-time professional badminton player, thanks to the national lottery-funded grants paid to her by UK Sport.
Between 2004 and 2008, Gail proved her athletic ability at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Partnered with Robertson, she defeated Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark to take the silver medal. Only two years later, Gail secured another silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the team event, bronze whilst paired with Donna Kellogg for the women’s doubles and gold from the mixed doubles with Robertson. In the same year, Gail and Nathan Robertson bagged another gold at the IBF World Championships. Taking to the Olympic stage once again in 2006, this time in Beijing, Gail only just missed out on a medal before retiring.
Since retirement, Gail turned her attention to badminton coaching, motivational speaking, media activities and TV commentary. As a sports commentator, she has presented for BBC, Sky and BT Sports. With the intention of empowering female players and encouraging mixed pairs, she has also coached the sporting stars of tomorrow.
As a speaker, the Olympian discusses performance, teamwork and gender issues, and has worked with the likes of Ashridge Business School, Sainsbury's and the Thames Valley Police. Presenting to prominent clients, she explores the treacherous journey to success and how to not just achieve peak performance, but maintain it.
"We all wanted to pass on a huge thank you to Gail, she was absolutely wonderful and the feedback about her inspirational talk was so positive! She was lovely, warm, funny and inspiring." - Claire Kennedy, Senior Operations Manager at Santander
"Gail Emms attended our 2018 National Awards Ceremony as a special guest and was inspirational! She captured the ethos of the scheme and the atmosphere of the event perfectly, making the students feel at ease and genuinely supporting and celebrating their achievements. Thank you!" - Charity, Engage in Their Future
"Thank you so much for all of your help and support with the Commonwealth Games publicity campaign. The time given by Gail for interviews has been very much appreciated and we have secured some amazing coverage over the past few weeks." - BBC Communications
"Over the last four years Gail has worked with the Youth Sport Trust to inspire thousands of school children by sharing her journey to Olympic success. Gail is a true advocate of school sport and has added great value to our mission of providing PE and sport opportunities to all young people." - General Youth Sport Trust Testimonial
“Gail is a truly inspirational speaker who has an undeniable ability to connect with all age groups from reception classes to adults. At the end of her presentation, Gail leaves you feeling like you can achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to – you just need to be determined and to have the resilience to overcome obstacles, however big or small.” - 21st Century Legacy
"Gail Emms is an inspiration: she wowed our SportsAid lunch guests with her Olympic stories and her vow ‘to be the best you she can be’. Thanks to her mum, Jan, who spurred Gail on to achieve a Silver Medal win at the 2004 Sydney Olympic Games in the mixed doubles with Nathan Robinson and to become No 1 in the World Rankings in 2005-2006. A true professional and well worth listening to.” - Sally Peck, SportsAid Eastern
“Gail Emms came to Kingston University to speak to the students who had been accepted in to our Sports Performance Programme. Gail delivered an inspiring motivational talk about her own Olympic journey, which really engaged with the students. She understood their goals and tailored the speech accordingly, so that it was fun and informative. We really hope to be able to work with Gail again in the future, she is a shining example of somebody who has achieved their goals while maintaining a life balance.” –Kingston University
“Just wanted to say an official thank you for booking Gail Emms for our sports awards evening last night. Gail was fantastic! We had so many positive comments from girls, parents and staff at the end that we were overwhelmed. Gail’s speech was sincere, genuine and a real positive message to all of our students. I hope that she enjoyed the evening as much as we did.” – Nottingham Girls High School
“The Sports Awards night was fantastic. Gail was very very good and pupils enjoyed listening to her and getting photos with her medals. Very much appreciate the help in sorting the guest speaker.” – Nelson Thomlinson School
“It went really well thank you and Gail was fantastic! The feedback from everyone has been extremely positive – she pitched it exactly right and the response to this has been great! Best wishes.”– Dame Allans School
“Gail did an absolutely amazing job. Her talk was humorous, interesting, emotional and exciting, underlining the message and theme for our evening. The feedback from staff, parents and students was all extremely positive. Gail stayed around at the end of the evening to meet students and was happy to chat, answer questions and have photos, an added bonus. I would highly recommend Gail for other school events, her enthusiasm and passion for supporting young people shone through.”– Meden School
“I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to Gail for yesterday, I have had so much brilliant feedback about her talks, everyone enjoyed them. She is such a lovely person, very entertaining and friendly, everyone who met her were impressed by the way she adapted to whatever audience was in front her, pupils, staff, parents etc. Her speech was funny, inspiring and informative and everyone said they were impressed. Thank you so much for your help with booking her, I would highly recommend her.” – Moorside High School
“Everything was great – thank you. Gail was excellent and a perfect fit for my team. The whole day went well, and we are all motivated for the challenge ahead. Good recommendation Serena, I have saved you as a contact for the future.” - Trimcraft Ltd
“Gail Emms was a huge hit when she came to speak and present prizes here at Cheam on Saturday 7th July. She had a horrendous journey which meant that we wheeled her into a room full of 700 people the moment she arrived and she then stood up and spoke for 10 minutes (with no notes!) and delivered a perfect speech. I can’t tell you how many parents and children have commented on her speech since Saturday. Thank you for arranging and we are hoping that we may see Gail here again at Cheam some day in the future.” – Cheam School
“Gail Emms is an excellent public speaker – she held the audience for all 45 mins of her talk which documented her journey from playing sport at the participation level through to high performance and on to Olympic success. Articulate, humorous and confident during the talk, approachable for short conversations with interested attendees afterwards. This was a brilliant event”. – Anglia Ruskin University
“The event went super smoothly! This was no doubt down to Gail, who was absolutely fantastic on the night and probably one of the best comperes we have ever had! All the guests and colleagues I have spoken to said she done such a great job! I think we will definitely like to invite Gail back next year to be our Host! Please do send on my thanks to her. It was a pleasure to have met her and I wish her and her family very merry end to year! Thanks for all the support Lewis!” – Broxbourne Borough Council
“It went really well yesterday, thank you. Gail was brilliant with the children, answering all their questions and sharing her medals and stories with them and linking to our school values. She was bubbly and full of energy all morning, inspiring many of our youngsters!” – Chris, Cranham C of E Primary School
“Gail was really excellent and got the mood of the room precisely – made a lot of friends on the evening and I have received lot of messages commending her for all she said. Her ability to engage, inform and entertain a broad demographic is outstanding!” – Chris, IAPS
“The event went very well and everyone was impressed with Gail’s talk. She pitched it perfectly so that both staff and students got a great deal from it. Her talk was mentioned this morning by a very experienced teacher saying how much he got from it and how he is going to use the tip of ‘don’t aim for 100%’ with his students.” – Linda, Dame Alice Owens School