2024 Olympic Games: Team GB badminton pair target medal in Paris

Exmouth’s Lane, 26, and 28-year-old Vendy have been playing together since they were juniors and are coached by 2004 mixed doubles silver medallist Nathan Robertson.

“Every day I look back and I’m like ‘how far have we come?,” says Vendy, who has won back-to-back European Championship bronze medals.

“It just seems mad because we started playing together when we were 12 and since then we’ve come on leaps and bounds really.

“We’ve got silver at Commonwealths, which is a similar kind of thing, a silver at the European Games multisport event.

“I think Tokyo was our first multisport event, so it was more of an experience kind of thing and it was quite different,

“But I feel like we’ve got that experience under our belt now and we’re in good stead.”

Having experienced a delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo with no crowds due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lane is hopeful that a games in Paris will be able to evoke memories of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham two years ago.

“Paris being so close I know both of our families are coming out to Paris to watch, so hopefully it feels like a home games,” says Lane.

“Obviously Birmingham was amazing, my mum came to every match we played, and just to have friends, family in the crowd it definitely helps you.

“Although you’re focused on the match you can always see them if there’s a little break in play or something happens, and you can see your parents there which is a really nice feeling when you’re competing.”

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