Biography of William (Billy) Gilliland
Mr William (Billy) Allan Gilliland was awarded the honorary degree of DUniv on 18 June 2014 in recognition of his sporting achievements.
Gilliland won Badminton Doubles gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh with Dan Travers.
Gilliland also won two Commonwealth Games medal in mixed doubles: silver in 1978 with Joanna Flockhart; bronze with Christine Heatly in 1986.
Gilliland and Travers were Scottish doubles champions from 1980 to 1986.
Beginning in 1976, Gilliland won twelve consecutive Scottish mixed-doubles championships, with Flockhart and Heatly. In 1985 he was All England mixed-doubles champion with Englishwoman Nora Perry and from 1985 to 1987 was ranked world number one mixed-doubles player. He has also won over 40 international open championships.
Between 1987 and 1999, Gilliland was Canadian National and Olympic Coach. Today he is head coach at Edison Badminton Centre in Okotoks, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In 2014, Gilliland, a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, was inducted into the Scottish Universities Sports Hall of Fame.