Mariana Agathangelou

Sport/Event: Badminton, Women’s and mixed doubles

Date and Place of Birth: 1988, Jersey

Coached by: Peter Bush

Course: Coach Education and Sports Development

Teams: England, TeamBath, Jersey

Biography: Mariana Agathangelou is rated as one of Britain’s most talented badminton players. The left-hander took up the sport aged eight. She studied for a degree in Coach Education and Sports Development at the University of Bath, where she also trained at the high performance badminton centre.

Among her achievements were some remarkable performances at the 2005 Island Games, when she won gold medals in all four events in which she competed – the women’s doubles, mixed doubles, women’s singles and team event. In March 2006 she won two titles at the English National Under-19 Championships, although still aged only 17.

But her biggest success came on her home courts when she won the women’s doubles title of Badminton England’s ASICS National Elite Open Circuit Grand Finals in December 2006, aged just 18 and partnering 16-year-old Gabby White. The pair beat the more experienced partnership of Suzanne Rayappan and Jenny Wallwork 22-20, 21-18 at the Sports Training Village.

Career highlights:
Selected to represent Jersey at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, May 2014

Bronze - Team event, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India, October 2010

Selected to represent England at Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, 2010

Gold - Women’s doubles, Welsh International Championships, November 2008

Gold - Doubles, International Badminton Championships, Glasgow, November 2008

Gold - Women’s doubles (with Gabby White), ASICS National Elite Open Circuit Grand Finals, University of Bath, December 2006

Gold - Women’s doubles (with Natalie Munt),  Welsh Open, Cardiff, December 2006

Gold - Women’s doubles (with Gabby White), ASICS National Elite Open Circuit, Wimbledon, November 2006

Silver - Women’s doubles (with Gabby White), Slovakia, October 2006

Gold - Women’s doubles (with Jenny Wallwork), England National Under-19 Championships, Milton Keynes, March 2006

Gold - Mixed doubles (with Dean George), England National Under-19 Championships, Milton Keynes, March 2006

Silver - Women's doubles (with Rachel Howard), Welsh Open, Cardiff, December 2005

Gold -  Women's doubles, Island Games, Milton Keynes, Shetland, July 2005

Gold -  Mixed doubles, Island Games, Milton Keynes, Shetland, July 2005

Gold -  Team event, Island Games, Milton Keynes, Shetland, July 2005

Gold -  Women’s singles, Island Games, Milton Keynes, Shetland, July 2005

Gold -  Mixed doubles (with Peter Mills), England National Under-17 Championships, Milton Keynes, March 2005

Gold - Women’s doubles (with Vicki Ingram), England National Under-17 Championships, Milton Keynes, March 2005

Silver - Mixed doubles (with Edward Foster), England National Under-19 Championships, Milton Keynes, February 2005

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