Two University of Bath graduates were today (Wednesday) selected to represent England in badminton at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver are members of England’s 10-strong badminton team for the Games, which take place in October.
The pair, who both graduated from the University of Bath with degrees in Coach Education and Sports Development, joined forces to win the women’s doubles bronze medal at the European Championships in Manchester in April.
Agathangelou is 22 and currently has seven England caps, while 24-year-old Olver has three.
“It’s exciting to welcome such a strong badminton squad into the team for Delhi,” said Craig Hunter, England’s Chef de Mission for Delhi. “I am sure they will provide some compelling sport for us all to savour.”
The pair were coached at the University of Bath by Pete Bush, head badminton coach, and now train at Badminton England’s National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
Delhi will be their first Commonwealth Games, although Olver was a member of the England badminton team that won bronze at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo.
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