Jenny Wallwork competed for ten years on the Professional Badminton World Circuit, reaching number five in the World Rankings with her badminton partner Nathan Robertson and gained forty two Senior International Caps from playing both mixed and ladies doubles.
During her career she has competed in four World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010. She has won Commonwealth Silver and Bronze medals and also two European Silver and two European Bronze medals.
In addition to this she was also five times National Champion and succeeded in winning
thirteen international titles. At the point of her retirement Jenny was even selected to represent Europe in the Axiata Cup in Jakarta, an opportunity to team up with some of the world’s elite, which was televised to over 200 million viewers around the world.
To add to her already impressive credentials she has also played in Danish, French and German Leagues and has just this season re-signed to play in the National Badminton League for Loughborough Sport. (Televised by Sky Sports)
The Road to Success…
Being born with the badminton gene, (both parents Brian and Jill played internationally) Jenny was destined to follow in their footsteps. Jenny’s success began at the tender age of eight years old when she was selected to represent Yorkshire at the Under 11’s tournament for the very first time, a life changing moment that she remains immensely proud of.
As her love and determination for the sport grew it became increasingly harder to keep her off the badminton court, training and practicing initially with the guidance of her parents, Brian and Jill and then at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield with Coach James Vincent.
At eleven years old Jenny received her first call-up to play for the Under 13′s England Junior Team in Germany, the start of a seven year career whirlwind that saw her competing in Junior Domestic and International Tournaments all over the world. During this time she joined the Great Britain Squad at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, a crucial shift in her career despite having to relocate away from family and friends. She also made her first England senior debut at the age of eighteen in Japan, as part of the National Uber Cup Team, one of the youngest players to represent her Country at Senior Level.
Inspiring young people is a clear passion for Jenny and she is now an Athlete Mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, a role she finds extremely rewarding, and feels incredibly lucky to have met so many fantastic athletes and friends along the way. Click here for further details