Team England Announces Badminton Team Set to Compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Ten athletes have been selected to be part of Team England’s badminton squad for this summer’s home Commonwealth games in Birmingham. The team includes several former Commonwealth Games medalists and Generation 22 athlete Toby Penty.

The five players representing Team England are Freya Patel-Redfearn, Lauren Smith, Jessica Pugh, Chloe Birch and Abigail Holden. Men’s Toby Penty, Marcus Ellis, Ben Lane, Callum Hemming and Sean Vendy play.

Team England will send a team of over 400 Team England athletes to compete in Birmingham 2022 and seize the unique opportunity to bring home success in their own country.

The ten badminton players representing Team England in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and the mixed teams event are:

  • Abigail Holden, Wokingham – Holden has held her own in singles in recent years and was crowned England national champion at the age of 22. She is hoping to make a name for herself in the early multisport games and is making her Team England debut on home soil.
  • Ben Lane, Milton Keynes Lane has built a badminton history of his own after winning bronze with mixed teams at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and representing Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with Sean Vendy.
  • Callum Hemming, Milton Keynes Hemming will be aiming for a Commonwealth medal after his partnership with Jessica Pugh caught fire in their first full season. A year after they first played together, the pair picked up gold medals at the Scottish Open and the Portuguese International.
  • Chloe Birch, Northampton – As one of the most experienced shuttle players in England, Birch is looking to build on the mixed team bronze medal she won on the Gold Coast in 2018.
  • Freya Patel-Redfearn, London – After winning two games at her first European Championship in April 2021 and making her BWF World Tour arc in the same season, Patel-Redfearn now has a chance to shine at a home game.
  • Jessica Pugh, Milton Keynes Pugh won the mixed team bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and previously played with England teammate Ben Lane and won European junior bronze together in 2015.
  • Lauren Smith, Milton Keynes With five Commonwealth Games medals, Smith has been an integral part of Team England’s badminton success in recent years.
  • Marcus Ellis, Milton Keynes One of the most successful English shuttles of modern times, Olympic bronze medalist Marcus Ellis has reached the top of the tree in two doubles events
  • Sean Vendy, Towcester— Vendy has won national titles in every age group and has worked with Ben Lane from the junior ranks to the Olympics.
  • Toby Penty, London— Penty reached the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and showed some of his best badminton performances in a group stage win over world bronze medalist Kantaphon Wangcharoen before being eliminated in the round of 16.

Speaking of her excitement at being part of the team, Freya said: “It’s a great honor to be part of Team England and I can’t wait to get out there and perform, especially at home games with the support of friends and family!”

With five Commonwealth medals already won, Lauren Smith added: “I’m always incredibly proud to be part of Team England and the Commonwealth Games are really a special event as it’s an event that makes me want to play has inspired. So I can’t wait to compete on home soil.”

Hoping to continue his success at the Commonwealth Games, Marcus Ellis commented to his home crowd: “The Commonwealth Games is a very prestigious event for all of us and it is a real privilege to represent Team England. Having the games at home is an added bonus and I look forward to seeing what the team can achieve with the home crowd behind them!”

Welcoming the athletes to the team, Team England Head of Mission Mark England OBE said: “We are delighted to welcome ten badminton players to Team England for the home Commonwealth Games this summer. The squad is a mix of youth and experience but all very talented players including former Commonwealth Games and Olympic athletes Lauren Smith, Ben Lane, Jessica Pugh, Chloe Birch, Marcus Ellis and 22nd generation athlete Toby Penty . I’m looking forward to seeing them compete and see them perform ‘Bring it Home’ in Birmingham.”

You can join the pride and get behind Team England by following their social channels where each athlete will be announced ahead of Birmingham.

The Commonwealth Games is a multisport event with a fully integrated program of parasports disciplines and this year’s Games promises to be very special with stadiums and arenas packed to capacity after Tokyo 2020 took place behind closed doors. Birmingham 2022 is expected to have the largest women’s and para sporting program ever in history after a new discipline of Women’s T20 Cricket and Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis was confirmed.

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