Falcons Opportunity to End Medal Drought in Birmingham


An energised group of eight debutants, combined with two Commonwealth Games alumni, is looking to establish medal success at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 10-strong team is aiming to capitalise on the shared experiences of the team, focusing on claiming the first badminton medal at a Games since the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Heading to her third Commonwealth Games, Gronya Somerville anchors the team with seniority and experience following her appearances at the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Alongside Somerville, Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen will be competing at her second Games, following the 2018 Gold Coast Games where she reached the quarterfinals in the mixed team’s event.

Of the debutants, notable inclusions include siblings Jack and Angela Yu, who are looking to continue their family legacy in the sport after their mother He Tian Tang claimed bronze for Australia in women’s doubles at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Kaitlin Ea joins Jack Yu as one of the two youngest members of the team, while Tran Hoang Pham is the oldest member of the team, debuting at the age of 37.

Tiffany Ho, Nathan Tang, Jacob Schueler and Yingxiang Lin, round out the team, bringing a wide range of recent national and international experiences to their debut Games.

The combination of selected athletes demonstrates the breadth and variety of skills and experiences, with all of them aiming to showcase the best of their talent.

The badminton competition begins with the mixed team event, seeing Australia take on other Commonwealth nations across the first five days of competition.

Following that, athletes will compete in individual and doubles events, including mixed doubles, which will see the badminton team ready to be bold in gold against the best players from across the Commonwealth.



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