Player Profile - Joe Morgan

DOB: 20 May 1979

Hometown: Llanelli

Current location: Cardiff

Discipline/s: Men’s Doubles

Squad: Senior/ HPC SE

Sponsor: Ashaway

Sporting History: Entered the Welsh squad age 23. 4 EBU titles, 3 national titles, 2 Commonwealth Games, World Ranking high 40.

Biggest achievement: Achieving the above considering I was 19 stone aged 22 but in particular qualifying for the 2006 Games demonstrated massive strides taken in my sporting career in a short space of time. Additionally though, returning this season from major injury / surgery and winning 3 EBU’s and another national title with a new partner is certainly up there.

Other than the Welsh International, my favourite tournament is… Commonwealth Games. A really special atmosphere and having been fortunate to qualify for two, I will be striving for a third over the next year.

Best tip for tournaments: If travelling away always try and train in the hall before the competition to get the travel out of your legs and get used to conditions.

Favourite training session: At the moment its when we have the opportunity to train against another doubles pair as this isn’t available on a daily basis.

Least favourite training session: Monday mornings.

Favourite piece of sporting kit: K tape / theraband – these things help my body through the training these days.

My Idol/hero/role model is… my dad.

When I retire from being an athlete I will… be easier to live with

Sporting ambition: Qualification for Commonwealth Games 2014 , winning more titles and top 50 world ranking.

Favourite training fuel: Pasta

When I stop competing I will… get married!

Apart from badminton, my favourite sport is… darts

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