TeamGB Paris 2024 Badminton Squad Announcement

Ben Lane, Sean Vendy and Kirsty Gilmour have today been named by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as Team GB’s badminton squad for Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Lane and Vendy will compete in the men’s doubles for the second Games running after making their Olympic bow at Tokyo 2020, while Gilmour returns for her third Games in the women’s singles.

The trio all qualified via the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Race to Paris rankings and could be in action as early as the first day of competition at Porte de la Chapelle Arena.

TeamGB Paris 2024 Badminton Squad Announcement

Vendy and Lane bowed out in the group stages in Tokyo but gained valuable experience at their first Games. In 2022, the pair won bronze at the European Championships and silver at the Commonwealth Games, while last year they won silver at the 2023 European Games in Poland.

Gilmour made her Olympic debut in 2016, two years after she won silver on home soil at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She followed up with a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2018 and silver at the European Games a year later.

Gilmour won one and lost one of her two matches in Tokyo, narrowly missing out on a place in the knock-out stages. She went on to win European Championship silver in 2022 and European Games bronze in 2023.

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: “I am delighted to welcome back to Team GB Ben, Sean and Kirsty. As returning Olympians I am sure that all three will use their previous Games time experience, along with their European Games success from last year, to their advantage when they take to the courts at the Porte de la Chapelle Arena.”

Lane commented: “This year, we go to the Games with the experience of an Olympics already under our belts and so we go to Paris knowing what to expect, how to approach the challenges we will face and how best to enjoy being an Olympian.

“To represent your country in any discipline is special and we are both relishing the opportunity to compete against the very best in the world on the biggest sporting stage.”

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Gilmour added, “Selection never gets old. It’s maybe a bit cliché but it’s just as special as the first one.

“I’m maybe a bit better-versed in what’s going on and all the build-up and pageantry around it and yet it’s still super exciting. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Vendy said: “It will be a privilege to represent Great Britain at a second Olympic Games and an honour to be given the opportunity to hopefully excite and inspire others to play, watch and engage with badminton as a sport.

“It has taken a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline for us to get here, now Ben and I want to do ourselves, our coaches, our supporters and our nation proud in Paris.”

Mark Beecher, Head of Performance at Badminton England and Team Leader for the group this summer, added: “To qualify for an Olympic Games takes a huge amount of dedication, ambition and drive – not to mention world class talent and ability.

“Ben, Sean and Kirsty should all be extraordinarily proud of their achievement – as should so many who work behind the scenes with the elite athletes on a daily basis to help them reach the heights they are capable of.

“However, a train ticket to Paris is not the reward at the end of a long journey. It represents an opportunity to shine. I am honoured to be taking them to Paris and very proud to see these three athletes wearing the Team GB colours this summer.”

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