2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Badminton

  • 29/03/2018
Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand badminton will be represented on the Gold Coast by siblings Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis.

But picking up medals will be extremely tough, with England and Malaysia especially difficult to beat at this tournament.

The Leydon-Davis mixed doubles combination contested the last Games at Glasgow, finishing 17th in their event, while Oliver placed fifth in the men's doubles four years earlier at Delhi.

They made the final of the 2017 US International Challenge together, but must overcome the disadvantage of training on opposite ends of the world - Oliver is based in Denmark, where he plays professionally for the Hojbjerg club, while Susannah lives in their hometown of Hamilton.

New Zealand has won 11 badminton medals at previous Commonwealth Games - two silver and eight bronze. Our most recent success came at Melbourne 2006, where mixed doubles exponents Dan Shirley and Sara Petersen finished runners-up.

Four years earlier, Petersen combined with Nicole Gordon for silver in the women's doubles.