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Badminton: Jenny Wallwork unveiled as Nathan Robertson’s new mixed doubles partner

October 14, 2008

Twenty one year old Jenny Wallwork has been named as Nathan Robertson’s new mixed doubles partner following the retirement of Gail Emms.

Emms announced her retirement after the Beijing Olympics following a decade of partnership which saw her and Robertson win Olympic silver and Commonwealth and World golds.

Having already won titles at the Dutch and Scottish Opens, Wallwork is one of England’s leading young talents and has been selected by England Head Coach Ian Wright as the perfect partner for Robertson as the host nation bids to capture gold at The European Team Badminton Championship which will be staged at the Echo Arena, Liverpool from 10th-15th February, 2009.

Wallwork, a member of the European squad in April, already has nine caps and has an illustrious badminton background with her mother, Jill, having played for England twice in the 1980s. Her father, Brian, is a top coach and recently tasted European success, winning the 55+ men’s singles and mixed doubles titles at the European Senior Championships just over a week ago.

Wallwork said,”It’s a dream come true to be partnered with someone as successful and experienced at Nathan.

“He’s had success all around the world and it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from one of the very best. It will be a hard job to fill Gail’s shoes but I’m excited by the challenge.”

Robertson commented, “It’s going to be strange playing with a new partner after competing for so long with Gail but it’s also a huge new opportunity.

“I want to recapture the European title and then round off with gold in London in four years. It’s going to be a lot of hard work for both myself and Jenny but she has enormous talent and I know we can reach to the top.”

Emms, who played with Robertson for more than seven years said, “It’s sad that I won’t be playing with Nathan for England any more but I had a great career and it was time for me to step down. Jenny is a great prospect and has all the skills and attributes needed to be a huge success.”

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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