Young gun, Matthew Chau will make his Olympic debut at Rio in the men’s double event alongside Sawan Serasinghe.
Chau picked up his first badminton racquet at age 10, following his parents to the Monash University Badminton Club where they played socially. The now 21-year-old fell in love with the all rounded nature of the sport, and says he enjoys that badminton demands speed, strength, endurance, skill, tactical smarts and hard work from its athletes.
Chau first partnered with Serasinghe at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival and the duo went on to secure the Rio quota spot for Australia by winning the 2016 Oceania Championships title. They are currently ranked 46th in the world.
The Melbournian also took home the men’s doubles title at the Waikato International tournament and competed at his first World Championships last year at just 20-years of age in Jakarta, Indonesia.
When he’s not playing, Chau studies a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering and enjoys cooking.
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Mount Waverley, VIC, Australia
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- 32nd (Men’s Doubles) – 2016 Australian Open (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (Men’s Doubles) – 2016 Oceania Champion (French Polynesia ,Tahiti)
- 1st (Men’s Doubles) - 2015 Oceania Team Championships (Auckland, New Zealand)
- 4th (Men’s Doubles) – 2016 Tahiti Phone International Challenge (French Polynesia ,Tahiti)
- 1st (Men’s Doubles) – 2014 Oceania Championships (Ballarat, Australia)
- 2015 Oceania Men's Doubles Champion (Auckland, New Zealand - 2015 Oceania Championships)
- 2015 Sudirman Cup (Guangdong, China)
- 2015 World Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- Wheelers Hill Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Melbourne High School (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering (2013 - )
Lasse Bundgaard (2013 - current)
Badminton Academy of Victoria (Victoria, Australia)
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
- Have to use the same racket if I've been playing well in a tournament
- Favourite food
- Too many favourites, probably sushi
- Favourite holiday destination
- Japan or Italy
- Favourite music
- Chill music
- Dream car
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Some food, probably sushi
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman winning the 400m
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman winning 400m gold
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Old coach Lenny Permana
- Why this sport?
- Followed my parents to the courts at a young age and loved it