Para-badminton ace Dan Bethell aiming to complete journey from Team Bath Futures to Paralympic champion after Paris 2024 selection

10 June 2024

Bath para-badminton star Dan Bethell is determined to go one step better than his history-making debut in Tokyo after being named in the ParalympicsGB squad for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Bethell, who started his para-badminton career as a youngster at the University of Bath and still does some of his training there, is ranked world number one in the SL3 men’s singles – the event in which he won ParalympicsGB’s first-ever medal in the sport three years ago.

“To be heading to another Paralympic Games is hugely exciting,” he said. “Winning silver in Tokyo was amazing but it remains my goal to become Paralympic champion. I don’t feel like I’ve reached my full potential yet and I don’t feel like I’ve peaked, so it’s all about continuing to work hard, moving forward and getting those big results.”

Dan Bethell training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village

Bethell first started training at the Team Bath Sports Training Village aged 10 and was part of the tennis programme before transitioning across to para-badminton after being inspired to try the sport while watching the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on television.

He joined the Team Bath Futures talent development programme in 2012 and was coached by University of Bath badminton coach Peter Bush for the next five years before moving to Sheffield to train full-time with the British Para Badminton Squad.

Bethell continues to do the majority of his training in Sheffield but has returned to Team Bath during this current Paralympic cycle, reuniting with Bush for his regional training and working with the University’s student squad.

He is the second University-based athlete to be selected for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, joining para-swimmer Suzanna Hext on the Eurostar.

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Top picture credit: Sam Mellish / Paralympics GB

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