James Lauder

James LauderSport: Badminton

Birthplace: Shropshire

University: Graduated with a BSc from the University of Birmingham 2013

Sports played: Full time Badminton but love my Golf and Cricket also

Sporting Achievements: Under 17 two times National Men’s doubles Champion, Under 15 National mixed doubles champion, Numerous junior England Caps, Numerous Senior Silver and Gold event victories, Two times Quarterfinalist of the Welsh International, Currently full time Badminton player and graduate UoB scholar competing in the BWF tour in Europe.

Coaching Experience: Level 1 and 2 Coaching Qualifications. Organised and ran the Badminton England No Strings session for two years at the University of Birmingham. Coached all ages and levels around the midlands including the Raw, Development and Emerging groups in the West Midlands PC.

Most memorable sporting occasion: Either Man United winning the Champions League when John Terry hit the post on match point, Tiger woods Open Victory the year his Father passed away (very emotional Tiger) or Andy Murray crying when he lost Wimbledon before then winning the Olympics and his first of two Slams.

Hobbies: Cricket, Golf, watching films, Leicester Tigers, Man Utd, IPhone Games 🙂

Favourite Film: Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring

Favourite Book: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

Favourite Stadium : The Theatre of Dreams/Old Trafford

Influential characters: My mum got me in to Badminton at a very young age as the tennis circuit was full of not very nice people to put it kindly. She then drove me all over the country and pretty much did everything for me as most parents do. She is super woman!

Eddy Sutton and Lorraine Cole were then probably my most influential coaches as Eddy taught me how to be a winner and more so a grafter and that hard work really does pay off. Lorraine took me under her wing and is not only a fantastic coach but like a second mother to me. Done so much over the years in making me the player I am now and hopefully there is still more to come yet.