Team England has today named a full complement of ten badminton players who will represent the nation at the Commonwealth Games this coming April, in Australia’s Gold Coast.

England’s badminton stars will travel to Australia with royal backing, after members of the squad recently enjoyed a private invitation with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace.

HRH Prince Andrew, patron of Badminton England, chatted with each of the players and wished the team well ahead of the individual competition and team events at the Games.

Six of England’s badminton ten for Gold Coast 2018, which starts on 4 April, were part of that medal winning team who collected five medals, including gold, from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

World bronze medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock will look to defend their mixed doubles title that they won in Glasgow. The married couple will be joined by reigning European champion Rajiv Ouseph, who, like the Adcocks will be competing in his third Games.

Glasgow 2014 medallists Chris Langridge, Sarah Walker and five-time national champion Lauren Smith are also named alongside Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Marcus Ellis.

Langridge won double silver and bronze at Glasgow 2014, whilst Smith marked her debut games with individual bronze and team silver medals.

They are joined by four players making their Commonwealth Games debut – including three reigning national champions. 2017 mixed doubles champions Ben Lane and Jess Pugh make the plane to Australia, alongside national singles champion Chloe Birch.

English badminton has a rich heritage of winning medals for Team England at the Commonwealth Games and tops the all-time record table with over 100 medals.

Marcus Ellis, Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games debutant, said:

“I am really, really happy to be selected. It is always a great honour to represent your country in any event, but at a multi-sports event like the Commonwealth Games, it is a real honour. I will be making my debut at the Commonwealth’s, so it is something new and exciting for me.”

Gabby Adcock, World bronze medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion, said:

“I feel really proud and honoured to be able to represent Team England again at another Commonwealth Games. We met HRH Prince Andrew earlier this week which was an absolute honour for us all. He sent the whole team off with his best wishes which was amazing. I really can’t wait to hopefully go and defend my title in Australia.”

Team England Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless said:

“The badminton team of five men and five women come to Team England with a great wealth of experience and a hunger to perform at these Games, which is motivating to work with.

“Despite their obvious experience, they have worked hard to understand the Games environment, so they can arrive with the right knowledge to ensure they are best prepared and ready.

“I congratulate the selected athletes and am proud to work with this exciting and motivated group.”

The Team England badminton squad in full is:


Date of Birth

Place of Birth

Commonwealth Games Experience


Chris Adcock



Delhi 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 - Gold and silver

Milton Keynes

Marcus Ellis




St Albans

Ben Lane


Kingston Upon Thames


Milton Keynes

Chris Langridge



Glasgow 2014 - 2 x silver and 1 x bronze

Milton Keynes

Rajiv Ouseph



Delhi 2010 – Silver and bronze

Glasgow 2014 - Silver

Milton Keynes

Gabby Adcock



Delhi 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 - Gold, silver and bronze

Milton Keynes

Chloe Birch




Milton Keynes

Jess Pugh




Milton Keynes

Lauren Smith



Glasgow 2014  -Silver and bronze


Sarah Walker



Glasgow 2014 - Silver

Milton Keynes