Jon Austin has today been announced as the new Performance Director of the England and Great Britain World Class Badminton Performance Programme.
Austin was previously the Head of Performance Programmes at BADMINTON England during a highly successful era for English and British badminton, which included a Silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, and two Silver medals and one Gold medal at the 2006 World Championships in Madrid.
Following a three-year spell as Performance Advisor at UK Sport, Austin rejoins BADMINTON England from Pentathlon GB, where he has held the post of Chief Executive since 2011 and oversaw a medal-winning performance at London 2012 Olympic Games.
As a number of the GB players prepare for the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this week, the 49-year-old has spoken of his excitement on returning to a sport he has a great passion for.
“I am delighted to be returning to BADMINTON England at this important and exciting time,” he said.
“Badminton has been my passion for most of my life, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to combine my experience working with other medal winning sports with the tremendous expertise and talent already within the team to help secure success for our sport.”
BADMINTON England Chief Executive, Adrian Christy said: “This is a really exciting time for English and British badminton and I am delighted to have secured the appointment of someone who is able to demonstrate a combination of proven leadership skills, a great knowledge of world class sport and a love of badminton.
“When we set out on this recruitment campaign, I recall saying that our attention will focus on securing somebody with the right skills, experience and character to take the programme into the Rio Olympic campaign, to work with a great team of coaches and support staff, and critically, to further develop the exciting group of players who have so much to look forward to.
“Jon meets those criteria and I have every confidence that he can build on the outstanding work undertaken by Jens Grill and lead our performance programme to future medal success.
“Jon was also able to paint a really clear picture of identifying and nurturing the next generation of talent and we all very much look forward to developing that vision into medal winners of the future.”
GB Badminton Chair, Simon Clegg, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jon to the GB World Class Performance Programme. We look forward to the continuing development of the programme and ahead to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with great anticipation under Jon’s leadership.”
Austin will take up his post in the early Autumn when his immediate focus will be on preparing the players and coaches for a successful Rio 2016 Olympic qualification period, which starts in May next year.