Bankier looks to Robertson for guidance

06 June 2012 / 17:24

Imogen Bankier retired her badminton hero Nathan Robertson by ousting him from this summer's Olympics - but hopes he will help guide her to gold.

It was announced last week that the 24-year-old Scot and Chris Adcock will represent Great Britain in the mixed doubles in London, which meant there was no place for Olympic silver medallist Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.

Robertson, 35, widely regarded as Britain's greatest badminton player, subsequently retired but Bankier, who won a silver medal at the World Championships at Wembley last August, is hoping to tap into his knowledge and experience ahead of and during the games.

"I genuinely think Nathan Robertson was one of the best players of all time," Bankier told Press Association Sport. "I'm not ashamed to say he is my favourite player ever.

"His achievements have been absolutely outstanding, he has won everything beside Olympic gold. He's won world championship gold and Olympic silver, he is just an outstanding player.

"It is a shame that the way the Olympics work, only one pair can qualify. It would have been a fantastic end to his career.

"But we are competing against them and I am happy to say that we beat them twice at the end of his career.

"I just hope that now we can learn a lot from him.

"He has such a fantastic insight and knowledge of the game and I look forward to working with him a little bit and hoping to get some of his advice, I think it will be invaluable.

"He said he is really keen to help us which is absolutely fantastic. We have so much to learn and he has experience. He knows exactly what it is like at an Olympics and if he is willing to help then I just want to get all the help I can."