Badminton Wales

badminton wales welcomes new performance coach

 

Badminton Wales is delighted to welcome Chris Rees as Badminton Wales Performance Coach from the 1st August 2020. 

Badminton Wales is delighted to announce that Chris Rees will be joining our team as Badminton Wales Performance Coach from the 1st of August 2020.  

Chris began his love for Badminton at an early age and went on to become one of Badminton Wales Legends of the court.   As a player he gained European success winning the boys' doubles title at the European Junior Champions in 1983 with partner Lyndon Williams, and the pair then won men’s doubles bronze at the European Championships in 1988.  Claiming 23 Welsh National Championships title, 130 International caps for Wales at European & World Championship as well as 3 Commonwealth Games (1986, 1990, 1994) and reaching a career high as world number 12.  

He retired from Competitive Sport and turned his focus to Coaching where he continued to strive for titles in a coaching capacity.  Chris become National Coach in 1997 and lead Team Wales to Kuala Lumpa 1998 and Manchester 2002 where Wales secured their first Commonwealth Medal - Gold in the Ladies Singles at the 1998 Games and a Commonwealth Bronze Medal in the Men’s Singles in 2002.  In 2000, Chris was a vital part of the GB Olympic Coaching Team as GB Singles Coach.  The Sydney 2000 Games included GB Number 1 Men’s and Ladies Singles players who were both Welsh, both achieving success on the World Stage and both coached by Chris.  During his period as National Coach, badminton in Wales was at an all time high with the Welsh flag being flown at the top of the World Rankings in all 5 disciplines  - including our CEO, Kelly Aston (nee Morgan) who achieved a world ranking of #5, and Richard Vaughan who achieved a world ranking of #7 and is the current Chair of High Performance and Non-Executive Director of Badminton Europe. 

Since September 2019 Chris has been working with Badminton Wales on a consultancy basis and was an integral part of getting the Welsh Senior Team back on the International Stage at the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championship in February 2020. Chris has already had a huge impact on the players and we are incredibly excited to see the team progress under his guidance over the coming years as we look forward to the European Mixed Team Event and seeing our Welsh Players flying the flag at International Team Competitions and on the Individual Circuit. 

Pob lwc, Chris, and welcome to the team!