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Badminton: Happy returns for Team Jersey

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FORMER quadruple gold medallist Mariana Agathangelou will represent Jersey at the NatWest Island Games for the first time in ten years this summer.

Following her comeback for Jersey last year, having claimed Commonwealth Games silverware for England in 2010, the 26-year-old has been named in the Island's ten-strong team for Jersey 2015. She will line up with the likes of Kerry Coombs-Goodfellow, who is also making a return to Games action after a decade's absence.

Aland 2009

  • Mixed doubles gold (Cotillard/Ashton)
  • Women's doubles bronze (Ashton/Woodward)

Shetland 2005

  • Women's singles gold (Agathangelou)
  • Women's singles bronze (Ashton)
  • Men's doubles gold (Kriel/Cotillard)
  • Women's doubles gold (Agathangelou/Coombs-Goodfellow)
  • Mixed doubles gold (Cotillard/Agathangelou)
  • Mixed doubles bronze (Kriel/Coombs-Goodfellow)
  • Team event gold

In addition to winning women's singles, mixed doubles and team event golds, Agathangelou achieved women's doubles success with Coombs-Goodfellow in Shetland in 2005, and as former England number one Mark Constable – the Island's badminton development officer – prepares to make his Games debut, there is surely the potential for further glory this time around.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games competitor Alex Hutchings has also been selected, as have Jade Coombs-Goodfellow, Emily Temple-Redshaw, Moira Ashby, Jon Southern, David Luce and Colin Hardwidge.

'With the squad we have we can definitely challenge for golds,' said Constable, who is acting as a team coach alongside Kim Jesperson, under team manager John Burns.

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Mariana Agathangelou, pictured playing for Jersey at the Commonwealth Games last year (right), won four gold medals the last time she competed in the Island Games

'Hopefully we'll have a really good turnout at the New Gilson Hall throughout the week, and we'll have to make sure we use it to our advantage, like a 12th man in football.

'It will be more difficult for other teams if we have good home support behind us, we're all really looking forward to it.'

Men: Mark Constable, Alex Hutchings, Jon Southern, David Luce, Colin Hardwidge.

Women: Mariana Agethangelou, Kerry Coombs-Goodfellow, Emily Temple-Redshaw, Moira Ashby, Jade Coombs-Goodfellow.

Following Guernsey Open success for Constable last weekend (and a semi-final appearance for Hutchings), the squad have now 'put their rackets down' for a period of physical conditioning but will be utilising the services of former Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson (who was part of Jersey's coaching staff for Glasgow 2014) for training purposes in the run-up to the opening ceremony 27 June.

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