Two badminton gamers have been chosen to symbolize New Zealand on the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games in July.
Oliver Layden-Davis will function in his fourth recreation and can group up with combined doubles debutant Anona Pak.
The pair are New Zealand’s primary combined doubles pair, having competed collectively each domestically and internationally for 3 years.
He secured his Commonwealth Video games spot in 2022 after a profitable return to worldwide competitors, which resulted in a second-place end at the newest Oceania Championships.
“It is loopy to go to my fourth video games,” mentioned 32-year-old Layden-Davis.
“It is an actual privilege to nonetheless go and I am actually trying ahead to going to Birmingham and pulling on the ferns once more.”
The Hamilton native says he and Pak had been unable to compete at worldwide stage for 2020 and 2021, so as a substitute skilled constantly in Auckland.
“Anona and I are getting higher and higher and simply constructing our abilities and teamwork. We really feel good and are actually excited to indicate what we’re able to in Birmingham”
Birmingham 2022 will probably be their first Commonwealth Video games for Pakistan. The 28-year-old has been enjoying badminton since she was a baby and says she has all the time dreamed of going to the Commonwealth and Olympic Video games.
“I’m actually proud to put on the fern and it’s my privilege to be a part of the group and symbolize New Zealand together with all different sports activities and athletes,” Pak mentioned.
“As a child my mom made me attempt a complete heap of sports activities. I did swimming, desk tennis, squash however badminton was the one which caught. You actually have to make use of your mind and it takes plenty of technique and talent. included, I actually find it irresistible.”
Exterior the sport, Pak speaks 5 languages and has a level in Medical Lab Science.
The pair is coached by Olympian Rikke Olsen Siegmund who has gained 4 Badminton World Cup medals. The trio will journey to Asia for a number of worldwide tournaments earlier than finishing their Commonwealth Video games build-up in Europe.
The nomenclature presently consists of the whole variety of athletes chosen for the New Zealand squad for Birmingham 2022 to 65.