Lane trusting in partnership for Commonwealth Games glory

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Ben Lane is hoping for badminton glory at the Commonwealth Games.
Ben Lane is hoping for badminton glory at the Commonwealth Games.

Ben Lane believes trust in partnership is the key to a successful Commonwealth Games for Team England’s badminton stars.

The 24-year-old from Surrey has been selected for his second Commonwealth Games after team bronze success at the 2018 Gold Coast games.

The youngest member of Team England badminton in Australia, Lane is hoping that his experienced partnership with long-time friend Sean Vendy will make it another medal haul event.

“It’s a very different team from the last Commonwealths,” said Lane, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.

“But especially in the team event, I think we can beat everyone.

“We have to play well obviously but we’ve got a strong team and can definitely win medals in all events.

“At the last Commonwealth’s in the Gold Coast I think badminton did extremely well with the number of medals they brought home, so it was a great experience for me to. Hopefully I can bring home some medals in Birmingham.

“There’s pressure because it’s a home Games, we have to go into it with the mentality that we can beat everyone and try to win the gold in team and individual.”

This summer, Team England, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will comprise of over 400 athletes, and having secured his place on the squad, Lane is looking to capitalise on the once in a lifetime opportunity for medal success in his home country.

With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to inspire people and communities across the country this summer, Lane hopes sharing his story will give others motivation to get involved in sport and turn their dreams into reality.

Lane and Sean Vendy first met whilst competing together on the Under-11s circuit in England and their friendship has proved vital both on and off the court.

Combined with the guiding mentality of coach and mentor Nathan Robertson, the pair employ an ‘everyone’s human’ attitude which led to near success in front of a home crowd at the YONEX All England competition this year.

Lane and Vendy came from behind to battle with world champions Japan, ending in a narrow 24-22 defeat and Lane is determined to see their strengths increase at the home Commonwealth Games.

“I think in all partnerships in team sports you have to have trust. Especially in those tough moments, you have to trust each other which I think helps me and Sean out massively.

“And Nathan never gets angry at us either, it’s always trying to teach us the right and wrong. He knows that everyone makes mistakes and learns from them.

“But I don’t think there’s ever a better place to play than in front of a home crowd in your own country.

“It doesn’t just inspire us playing but hopefully it will inspire some younger children to pick a badminton racket up and get involved in the sport as well.”

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