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Badminton hopeful Lane upbeat about AYOF preparations

January 15, 2013 18:06 pm

Alex Lane claims nothing has been left to chance as British badminton players prepare to start their campaign at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Lane is part of a six-strong squad that will compete in the quarter-finals of the team event on the opening day of the five-day competition in Sydney.

But the 17-year old, who won European junior gold in 2011, admits it will be tough with hosts Australia their first opponents and world number one China potentially lying in wait in the semi-finals.

However, he remains upbeat after seeking advice from members of Team GB's London 2012 Olympic squad, including world mixed doubles champion Chris Adcock.

“Preparations have gone really well," said Lane, who is also targeting the individual event, which starts on Saturday.

“I had a week off over Christmas but since then I have been training every day and I have even been able to go to Milton Keynes to train with the seniors and their coaches.

“That was a great experience just being around the top players and learning from their coaches. Some of them have competed in this event, which shows the standing of the competition.

“It’s the first time I am representing Great Britain and it was really cool to receive all the kit with the Olympic rings on it.

“It would be great to win a medal but I've now expectations of that - as long as I play my best and perform well then I will be happy. This competition offers the whole experience package so I hope it will be really positive for me looking forward to the rest of 2013.”

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