Kelly Morgan

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Kelly Aston
MBE
Personal information
Birth name Kelly Ann Morgan[1]
Born (1975-05-22) 22 May 1975 (age 41)[2]
Pontypridd, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)[2]
Sport
Sport Badminton

Kelly Ann Aston MBE (née Morgan, born 22 May 1975) is a Welsh badminton player. She has represented Wales and Great Britain in regional and international competitions, including the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Aston won 13 consecutive Women's Singles titles at the Welsh National Badminton Championships between 1992 and 2004, as well as six Women's Doubles and 4 Mixed Doubles titles. In 1998, she received a gold medal representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games, won silver at the 1998 European Badminton Championships, and bronze at the 2000 European Badminton Championships. She also represented Great Britain at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Aston began playing badminton at age nine. Her brother, Ross, was initially trying for the Welsh national team, and she only made the team as a result of accompanying him to the trials.[3]

In 1999, Aston was voted Welsh Woman of the Year,[3] and in 2002 she was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List for "services to the community, especially through Sport, in South Wales".[1][4]

Aston was born in Pontypridd and attended Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School.[2][5] She married her husband, Dylan Aston, in 2002, and has two children, Ethan and Ellen.[3][6] As of December 2015 is a teacher at the GEMS Wellington Academy-Al Khail in Dubai.[6][7] She has also been heavily involved in charity work, particularly relating to Down's Syndrome, and was the patron of the Down's Syndrome Association of Wales.[4][3]

Results[edit]

Year Event Competition Representing Position Partner
1992 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st Rachael Phipps
1993 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
1994 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st Rachael Phipps
1995 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
1996 Olympic Games Women's Singles  Great Britain 9th
Women's Doubles  Great Britain 17th Joanne Muggeridge
Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st Racheael Phipps
Mixed Doubles 1st Richard Vaughan
1997 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st Racheael Phipps
Mixed Doubles 1st Richard Vaughan
1998 Commonwealth Games Women's Singles  Wales 1st
European Badminton Championships Women's singles  Wales 2nd
Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st[nb 1] Gail Osbourne
Mixed Doubles 1st[nb 2] John Leung
1999 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Women's Doubles 1st Rachelle Edwards or Rachelle Morgan[nb 3]
Mixed Doubles 1st Richard Vaughan
2000 Olympic Games Women's Singles  Great Britain 9th
European Badminton Championships Women's Singles  Wales 3rd
Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
Mixed Doubles 1st[nb 4] Richard Vaughan
2001 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
2002 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
2003 Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
2004 Olympic Games Women's Singles  Great Britain 9th
Welsh National Badminton Championships Women's Singles 1st
  1. ^ According to Badminton Wales, the winners were Aston and Osbourne. According to Badminton Europe, Osbourne's partner was not Aston but Katy Howell.
  2. ^ According to Badminton Wales, the winners were Aston and Leung. According to Badminton Europe, Leung's partner was not Aston but Kelly Howell.
  3. ^ According to Badminton Wales, Aston's partner was Rachelle Edwards. According to Badminton Europe, Aston's partner was Rachelle Morgan.
  4. ^ According to Badminton Wales, Aston and Vaughan won. According to Badminton Europe, the winners were Neil Cottrill and Jo Muggeridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MBEs: I – M". BBC News. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kelly Morgan". Sports Reference. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Harris, Nick (28 July 2002). "Badminton: Morgan the Racket seeks action replay of greatest moment". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Badminton star Morgan honoured". BBC Sport. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Golden swimmer with a will to win". BBC News. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Matthew, Monl (14 October 2014). "Commonwealth gold medallist Kelly in Dubai". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Meet our Faculty". GEMS Wellington Academy-Al Kahail. Retrieved 31 December 2015.