Robin Middleton will make his debut for Australia at the Rio Olympic Games, alongside London Olympian Leanne Choo in the mixed doubles event. The pair secured Rio qualification after they claimed the mixed doubles Oceania Championships title in 2016.
Middleton and Choo were the most successful Australians at the 2015 World Championships in Indonesia advancing to the second round. Badminton has been a life–long sport for the 31-year-old who picked up his first racquet at age five.
Born in Leeds, in the UK, Middleton travelled to Australia via New Zealand in 2011 to watch the Rugby World Cup and fell in love with the culture, lifestyle, people and weather.
Middleton donned the green and gold for the first time in the men's doubles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with London Olympian, Ross Smith. Together, the pair went into the tournament seeded fourth, but their campaign ended in the quarter-finals after losing to the eventual gold medallists, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia.
Since partnering up with Choo, the pair were undefeated in mixed doubles at the 2015 Sudirman Cup in China and went on to claim victories at the Sydney and Maribrynong International Tournaments.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- 1st (Mixed Doubles) – 2016 Oceania Badminton Championships (French Polynesia, Tahiti)
- 4th (Mixed Doubles) – 2016 Brazil International Badminton Cup (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- 1st (Mixed Doubles) – 2015 Sydney International (Sydney, Australia)
- 2nd (Team Australia) – 2015 Sudirman Cup (Dongguan, China)
- 1st (Mixed Doubles) – 2015 Victor Maribyrnong International (Maribyrnong, Australia)
- Sydney International winner mixed doubles, Swedish masters winner mens doubles, Maribrynong winner mixed doubles winner
- Quarter-final of Commonwealth games
- Undefeated in mixed doubles at the Sudirman Cup team event
- Archbishop Cranmer Primary School (Leeds, England)
- The Grammar School of Leeds (Leeds, England)
- Economics with Politics
Harry Jarvis, Barbara Jones and Andy Wood (1997 - current)
Swann Hill Badminton Club (Victoria, Australia), Roundhegians Badminton Club (Leeds, Yorkshirt, UK)
Primary Training Base
Melbourne, Australia (primary)
- Favourite food
- Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding
- Favourite holiday destination
- America (Texas, California). Spain or Greek Islands
- Favourite music
- Indie rock probably
- Dream car
- Aston Martin DB9
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Derek Redmond 400m final Barcelona 1992. That's what the Olympics is all about.
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman in the 400m final at the Sydney 2000 Games
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Apart from my Parents and coaches (mentioned earlier), it would be Ben Tompkins and Chris Bainbridge
- Why this sport?
- My Dad was scared at a young age I would just watch TV all weekend, so he introduced me to this sport.