Elite members

Elite members:
                      LEANNE CHOO 
                            RYAN KINNER & 
                                     Kate Wilson-Smith

Leanne Choo

RIO OLYMPIC GAMES 2016 Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/BadmintonAustralia/

Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/BadmintonAustralia/

Leanne has been a member of the Sturt Badminton Club from the age of ten years old.  Leanne started playing in junior league and then graduated to playing in the senior competition at an early age.  Leanne has represented South Australia on numerous occasions, her first State team was in 2004 at the June Bevan Under 17 National Carnival held in Auckland, New Zealand.  In 2006, Leanne at the age of fifteen, won the triple at the Under 17 National Championships in Perth, Western Australia - the first South Australian to win the triple title at a National event.  Leanne then became the first South Australian to win the triple at the Under 19 Australian Junior Championships in 2008.  

Leanne has also represented South Australia at Senior Level and was part of the winning team in 2010 when it was held in Adelaide. She has also been selected to represent Australia on many occasions in Junior National Teams.

In 2010, at the age of nineteen, Leanne was selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the youngest player in the team.

Leanne has won over 21 National Championships at Under 17, Under 19 and Senior levels. In 2011 Leanne deferred her university study to concentrate on qualifying for the ladies doubles at the 2012 London Olympics.  This allowed her to compete overseas in international tournaments and gain valuable ranking points and earn automatic entry to the Olympics in 2012.  Her highest world ranking was 26 in women's doubles in December 2011.

In 2012, Leanne made her Olympic debut aged 21, reaching the quarter final play-off with women's doubles partner Renuga Veeran. This placed Leanne and Renuga in equal 5th position for the tournament. Leanne was selected again to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the mixed doubles event with partner Robin Middleton. Unfortunately Leanne and Robin were unable to progress beyond the preliminary rounds.

Congratulations to Leanne Choo on again being selected to represent Australian at the 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games April 2018.  Leanne and Renuga Veeran again competed in the Women's Doubles event While not ultimately successful, a highlight of the tournament was Leanne and Renuga Veeran taking on Ren-Ne Ong and Jia Ying Crystal Wong of Singapore in the Round of 32. Leanne and Renuga won an 80-shot rally during the third set but unfortunately were defeated 2 sets to 1, going down 22-20, 16-21, 21-18. Leanne also competed in the Mixed Teams Mixed Doubles Event partnered with Ross Smith. Unfortunately the team did not progress to medal rounds.

Australian Team Representation

2007    World Junior Championships, New Zealand
2007    Pan Pacific U19
2007    World Junior Championships, Korea
2008    Oceania Team Championship, New Caledonia
2008    Uber Cup preliminaries, New Caledonia
2008    Junior Commonwealth Games, Pune, India
2008    Pan Pacific Championships, New Zealand
2009    Pan Pacs U19, Melbourne, Australia
2010    Uber Cup preliminaries, Invercargill
2010    Oceania Team Championship, Invercargill
            - winner Women's Doubles with Kate Wilson-Smith  
2010    Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India
- finished 5th in Women's Doubles with Renuga Veeran 1-2 versus Singapore
2012    Thomas and Uber Cup, Wuhan, China
2012    Oceania Team Championship, Ballarat, Australia
2012    OLYMPIC GAMES, London, England  
            - Olympic debut
            - quarter finals in Women's Doubles with Renuga Veeran 9-21, 21-18, 18-21 versus Canada
2016    RIO OLYMPIC GAMES, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
            - Second Olympic games
2018  Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia
- competed in Women's Doubles with Renuga Veeran
             and Mixed Team Event Mixed Doubles with Ross Smithg

Source: Badminton Australia, Australian Olympic Committee

London Olympic Games - 'Choo and Veeran finished the Games in fifth.'




Congratulation to Ryan Kinner for his achievements at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championship 2017 in Ulsan, South Korea. 

Ryan started playing badminton as a teenager, in addition to playing soccer and tennis. He has already participated in the two Australian Para Badminton National Championships (November 2015 & February 2016). He finished runner up in Men’s Singles SL 3/4 in 2015, and was a semi-finalist in the same category in 2016.

He was noticed as a potential Paralympian in soccer at the age of 13. When he turned 15, he was selected for the Australian team which played in UAE, Ukraine, Spain, Canada, Denmark and England.

Australian Team Representation

2017  BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, South Korea

Other achievements

2016:  Runner up in the Australian Para-Badminton Championships SL3/4 Men's Singles. A fantastic effort to reach the finals at his first tournament.
2015:  Captained the young PARAROOS  Australia’s National Football Team in 2015 IFCPF CP Football World Championships, an international 7-a-side competition for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms acquired from stroke ) at the U19 World Games, England

2016: Photo courtesy of Badminton SA

2016: Photo courtesy of Badminton SA

Kate Wilson-Smith

Kate has been a member of the Sturt Badminton Club from when she started playing the game at twelve years old under the coaching of Kevin Conlon.  Kate represented our club starting in C Grade and then graduated through all the senior grades until she moved interstate to train with the Australian Squad, but still remained a valued member of our club.  Kate represented South Australia on numerous occasions at both junior and senior level. In 1996, Kate won the Girls Singles, her first of many National Titles, at the Under 16 National Carnival held here in Adelaide at the Golden Grove Sporting Complex. 

Kate has also competed at the highest level and has represented Australia both at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.  Kate made her Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games. She joined with teammate Jane Crabtree in the women's doubles event going down in the round of 32 to their Danish opponents Pernille Harder and Mette Schjoldager. Kate also teamed up with Travis Denney to contest the mixed doubles losing to Björn Siegemund and Nicol Pitro of Germany. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games , Kate paired with He Tian Tang to win Australia's first Commonwealth Games medal in badminton in 12 years. The pair claimed the women's doubles bronze medal in a closely fought match between England's Jenny Wallwork and Gabby  White. 

Australian Team Representation

1996    World Junior Championships, Denmark
1997    Junior Development – Asia, Malaysia
1998    Uber Cup, Manila, Philippines
1998    Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
            - bronze medal in Team event

1999    World Junior Champs, Denmark
1999    Oceania Team Championship, Brisbane, Australia
2001    Arafura Games, Darwin, Australia
2001    Whyte Trophy, New Zealand|
2002    Uber Cup, Melbourne, Australia
2002    Oceania Team Championship, Suva, Fiji
2002    Commonwealth Games, Manchester, England
2003    World Championships, Eindhoven , Netherlands
2003    Whyte Trophy, Australia
2004    Uber Cup, Ballarat, Australia            
2004    Oceania Team Championship, Auckland, New Zealand
2004    Uber Cup, Jakarta, Indonesia
2004    OLYMPIC GAMES, Athens, Greece  
            Olympic debut
            - Round of 32 in Women's doubles with Jane Crabtree 2-15, 3-15 versus Denmark
            - Round of 16 in Mixed doubles with Travis Denney 5-15, 15-8, 4-15 versus Germany  
2005    Sudirman Cup, Beijing, China
2005    Whyte Trophy, New Zealand
2006    Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia
2009    Sudirman Cup, China
2009    Whyte Trophy, Invercargill
2010    Uber Cup preliminaries, Invercargill
2010    Oceania Team Championship, Invercargill 
            - winner Women's Doubles with Leanne Choo
            - winner Mixed Doubles with Glenn Warfe 
2010    Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India
- bronze medal in Women's Doubles with He Tian Tang 21-23, 21-12, 21-16 versus England

 Sources: Badminton Australia, Australian Olympic Committee

Post match interview with Leanne Choo and Kate Wilson Smith after they claimed victory in the women's doubles at the 2010 Oceania Championships.

YouTube - Uploaded by BadmintonAustralia July 22, 2010

Post match interview with Australia's Glenn WArfe and Kate Wilson-Smith after they claimed the 2010 Oceania Championships Mixed Doubles title. 

YouTube - Uploaded by BadmintonAustralia July 22, 2010

2004 Greece Olympic Games - biography and match
results  National Library of Australia web archive Pandora

2004 Greece Olympic Games - biography and match results
National Library of Australia web archive Pandora