Rachel Howard

16 April 2011

Sport/Event > Badminton

Date and Place of Birth >
1985, UK

Height > 5ft 8

Coached by > Peter Bush

Clubs >
Team Bath
Hertfordshire / Almere BC

Occupation >
Part-time MSc student/ Part-time badminton player

Biography >
Rachel trains at the University’s high performance badminton centre.  She graduated in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Bath (2003-7) 2.1 and is currently studying MSc Mental Health Studies, Institute of Psychiatry KCL (2009- 11).

Originally from Hertfordshire, Rachel has played at each of the last two World University Badminton Championships – in Thailand in 2004 and in China in 2006.

She first represented England at the Junior – 8 Nations, France (1999), Senior – Uber Cup, Holland (2008).

Rachel was ranked at number three in Badminton England’s women’s singles rankings in November 2006.

She reached the Grand Finals of the 2006 ASICS National Elite Open Circuit, but lost to outstanding youngster Michelle Cheung.

Rachel’s best performance last season was Slovenian International Series Semi-finalist (2009), beating 2nd& 4th seed. And her greatest career performance was U22 4 Nations Singles & Doubles Winner (2007) beating Camilla Sorenson and Karina Jorgenson.

In December 2006 Rachel was named on a 30-strong Development programme list of British badminton players targetting the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rachel’s highest national ranking is 3 and highest world ranking is 89.

Competitive Record >
Welsh International Series Semi-finalist (2009)

Slovenian International Series Semi-finalist (2009)

Selection for Uber Cup & European Championships (2008),

U22 4 Nations Singles & Doubles Winner (2007)

Bulgarian International Challenge Singles Semi-finalist (2007), beating Elizabeth Cann and Anu Neminem

Elite (top) Circuit Finalist (2006/7) and Winner (2007/8)

ASICS National Elite Open Circuit: silver – women’s singles, Sheffield, September 2006

ASICS National Elite Open Circuit: gold – women’s singles, Haywards Heath, Sussex, October 2006

ASICS National Elite Open Circuit final round: sf women’s singles, Wimbledon, November 2006

ASICS National Elite Open Circuit Grand Finals: silver – women’s singles – University of Bath, December 2006

Welsh & Czech International Series Doubles Finalist (2006)

Challenger (second) Circuit Winner (2003/4, 2004/5, 2005/6),

Welsh Open: silver – women’s doubles (with Mariana Agathangelou) – Cardiff, December 2005

England Under-19 National Championships: golds women’s singles and women’s doubles, 2004

Under-19 Six Nations: Silver women’s doubles, 2004

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