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Six of the best for Julien

25 July 2002

Canadian badminton player Denyse Julien has said the 2002 Commonwealth Games will be her last.

Denyse Julien

Julien will have competed in a record six Commonwealth Games

Julien is in her sixth Games – a Canadian record – having been at every event since Brisbane in 1982.

She celebrated her 42nd birthday on Monday, 22 July and faces a punishing schedule in Manchester as she is competing in the singles, doubles and team events.

She said: “This will be my last Games as another four years will be too long. I still love competing but I find the training very tough, and they would have to make special rules for me to continue.”

“These Games will be very special for me. Two years ago I started playing with Tammy Sun when she was 15 and she will be my doubles partner here.”

Her favourite Games were in 1990 in Auckland when she won the individual silver medal, beating the world number one at the time, Helen Troke, on the way. She also won team silver and bronze in the doubles event.

Her other notable achievements include being in the first team ever to represent Canada at the Olympic Games when she competed in Barcelona in 1992. She has also won 29 national titles.

Julien said: “My last major event will be the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic next year. I hope to stay involved in the sport, possibly in coaching.”

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