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Heather Olver (born 15 March 1986) is an English badminton player.[1] Her career highlights so far include mixed team and mixed doubles silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, European women’s doubles bronze, and reaching the final of the 2013 London Grand Prix Gold and Scottish Open.[2] She also competed at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.[3]

Heather Olver
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Chan Peng Soon - Goh Liu Ying — Chris Langridge - Heather Olver 07.jpg
Heather Olver at the 2013 French Super Series
Personal information
Country  England
Born (1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 (age 31)
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Handedness Right
Coach Julian Robertson
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking 18 (WD) 10 March 2011
15 (XD) 13 March 2014
BWF profile

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Early careerEdit

She started playing at the age of six and started when she joined her local club, Waldron Junior BC, with her brother.[1]

CareerEdit

In 2005, Heather won the women's doubles at both the England Junior Championships and the Welsh International. In 2009, she was successful four times internationally, and in the following year she won the bronze medal at the European Championships in women's doubles.[4]

She competed in the mixed team and mixed doubles event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won silver medals respectively.[5][6] She also won mixed team bronze in 2010.[5]

EducationEdit

She has a degree in Coach Education and Sports Development from the University of Bath. She was both a triple jumper and a 200m sprinter at Heathfield Community College in East Sussex.[1]

AchievementsEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
  Chris Langridge   Chris Adcock
  Gabrielle Adcock
9–21, 12–21   Silver

European ChampionshipsEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Manchester Evening News Arena,
Manchester, England
  Mariana Agathangelou   Petya Nedelcheva
  Anastasia Russkikh
18–21, 13–21   Bronze

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Canada Open   Lauren Smith   Setyana Mapasa
  Gronya Somerville
15–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2014 Scottish Open   Lauren Smith   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
7–21, 15–21   Runner-up

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Scottish Open   Chris Langridge   Robert Blair
  Imogen Bankier
16–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2013 London Grand Prix Gold   Chris Langridge   Michael Fuchs
  Birgit Michels
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Peru International   Lauren Smith   Johanna Goliszewski
  Carla Nelte
18–21, 21–19, 19–21   Runner-up
2016 Orleans International   Lauren Smith   Delphine Delrue
  Lea Palermo
21–19, 21–8   Winner
2015 USA International   Lauren Smith   Puttita Supajirakul
  Sapsiree Taerattanachai
18–21, 21–19, 21–19   Winner
2015 Welsh International   Lauren Smith   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
10–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2015 Kharkiv International   Lauren Smith   Jongkongphan Kittiharakul
  Rawinda Prajongjai
18–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2015 Finnish Open   Lauren Smith   Delphine Lansac
  Emilie Lefel
21–13, 23–21   Winner
2015 Orleans International   Lauren Smith   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
20–22, 21–16, 9–21   Runner-up
2015 Austrian International   Lauren Smith   Suci Rizky Andini
  Maretha Dea Giovani
14–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2014 Welsh International   Lauren Smith   Sophie Brown
  Kate Robertshaw
21–11, 21–17   Winner
2013 Spanish Open   Kate Robertshaw   Maiken Fruergaard
  Sara Thygesen
18–21, 21–13, 22–20   Winner
2012 Swiss International   Kate Robertshaw   Isabel Herttrich
  Carla Nelte
21–15, 15–21, 23–21   Winner
2012 Czech International   Kate Robertshaw   Jillie Cooper
  Kirsty Gilmour
21–16, 21–15   Winner
2012 Polish Open   Mariana Agathangelou   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
21–12, 23–21   Winner
2012 Swedish Masters   Mariana Agathangelou   Eva Lee
  Paula Lynn Obanana
21–15, 21–12   Winner
2011 Irish International   Mariana Agathangelou   Ng Hui Ern
  Ng Hui Lin
21–14, 16–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2011 Bulgarian International   Mariana Agathangelou   Pradnya Gadre
  Prajakta Sawant
18–21, 21–7, 21–10   Winner
2011 Belgian International   Mariana Agathangelou   Shinta Mulia Sari
  Yao Lei
12–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2010 Irish International   Mariana Agathangelou   Maria Helsbol
  Anne Skelbaek
21–12, 12–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2010 Scottish International   Mariana Agathangelou   Jenny Wallwork
  Gabrielle White
17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2009 Irish International   Mariana Agathangelou   Maria Helsbol
  Anne Skelbaek
21–13, 21–19   Winner
2005 Welsh International   Hayley Connor   Mariana Agathangelou
  Rachel Howard
6–15, 17–16, 15–4   Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Welsh International   Chris Langridge   Vitalij Durkin
  Nina Vislova
21–17, 10–21, 21–13   Winner
2012 Welsh International   Chris Langridge   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
20–22, 16–21   Runner-up
2012 Czech International   Chris Langridge   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
22–20, 6–7 Retired   Winner
2012 Belgian International   Chris Langridge   Marcus Ellis
  Gabrielle White
21–9, 10–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 Irish International   Marcus Ellis   Dave Khodabux
  Selena Piek
21–19, 21–17   Winner
2011 Swedish Masters   Robin Middleton   Dave Khodabux
  Samantha Barning
15–21, 21–9, 21–14   Winner
2009 Norwegian International   Marcus Ellis   Robin Middleton
  Mariana Agathangelou
21–19, 21–17   Winner
2009 Belgian International   Marcus Ellis   Wouter Claes
  Nathalie Descamps
21–9, 25–23   Winner
2009 Austrian International   Robert Adcock   Valeriy Atrashchenkov
  Elena Prus
21–17, 21–18   Winner
2008 Scotish International   Robert Adcock   Michael Fuchs
  Annekatrin Lillie
16–21, 12–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Heather Olver". Badminton England. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Heather". Team GB. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Heather Olver". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Heather Olver". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Silver for Olver at Glasgow 2014". University of Bath. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Second silver for Olver on final day of Glasgow Games". University of Bath. Retrieved 2 June 2017.