IT IS set to be non-stop between now and the Rio Olympics, but after missing out altogether last time around badminton ace Gabby Adcock is more than happy to rack up the air miles.
While husband Chris competed at London 2012 alongside then partner Imogen Bankier, Gabby was restricted to a spectator’s view.
This time around she is hellbent on not missing out on the party, her and Chris currently ranked number seven in the world.
However, the duo can’t let their performances drop any time soon, with the Road to Rio beginning last month and with Olympic qualification points up for grabs at June’s Indonesia Open in Jakarta.
From then on the competitions come thick and fast but Adcock is not about to complain, her sights set solely on realising her Olympic dream.
“We’ve got a really busy schedule coming up now, it’s literally just the beginning of Olympic qualifying,” she said.
“Obviously our dream is to win an Olympic medal so that’s at the forefront of our minds, being as fresh and as well prepared for the year ahead as we can be.
“Our schedule is crazy, the next six weeks we’re away. I’ve been through Olympic qualifying before and obviously I didn’t go which hit me hard. It’s made me want to get to Rio even more but I do know now having been through it, how to manage my time and plan. I’ve learnt a lot.
“We go to China for a week for the Sudirman Cup, the week after we fly to Singapore, we’ve got a weeks training in Singapore and then we have Australia Super Series and then the last one is Indonesia.
“It’s pretty mad the next few weeks but we’ve learnt how to manage it, deal with it and hopefully do well in the tournaments.”
Gabby is still waiting for a title in 2015, her and husband Chris proving their talent by beating lower-ranked pairs only to fall every time to those ranked higher in the standings – not that she is about to hit the panic buttons.
“We’ve shown we’re consistent in our level, we’ve been getting quarters, a few semis,” she added. “But we definitely believe that we can medal.
“We’re pushing these pairs all the time so we want to medal, we believe that we can, but we know that we have to do our best to do that.
“I believe me and Chris have got the game. We’re pushing these top pairs consistently now which is good.”
The UK’s first ever National Badminton League (NBL) season comes to a thrilling finale on Sunday, 7 June, at K2 Crawley. Tickets are now available at nationalbadmintonleague.co.uk