10 May 2014

Eight named to Badminton team for Comm Games

7:33 am on 10 May 2014

The New Zealand Olympic Committee and Badminton New Zealand have named an eight-person team to travel to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July.

The team of largely young and yet experienced players will represent New Zealand in the Badminton Teams event with NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith announcing the team to play in Glasgow.

While largely a young team, with no one over the age of 28, they carry plenty of recent experience with all named in the 2014 Oceania Championships and a number of them living overseas as they play in semi-professional club leagues and play on the Badminton World Federation tour.

The team is currently ranked 6th in the Commonwealth and 22nd in the world.

The team will play under the guidance of a new National Coach, former Badminton New Zealand Director of Coaching, Demark's Svend Sorensen.

Waikato's Oliver Leydon-Davis will play mixed doubles with sister Susannah and men's doubles with Auckland's Kevin Dennerly-Minturn.

Northland's Joe Wu will compete in the men's singles as will Waikato's Michael Fowke.

Auckland's Michelle Chan will compete in the women's singles as will Southland's Anna Rankin who will also compete in the women's doubles alongside Waikato's Madeleine Stapleton.