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Just in time for Lenny

22 July 2002

Less than 24-hours before the Australian Commonwealth Games badminton team was selected Lenny Permana, top women’s singles player, received her much needed citizenship.


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Born in Java, Indonesia, Permana, 26, has been living in Australia for almost four years studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

The world-ranked number 15 player graduated in February earlier this year. Only then could she apply for residency and in turn the required citizenship needed to compete in the Games.

“I was very relieved and very, very happy to get my residency,” said Permana. “It is a much bigger event than I realised. I didn’t know there were 72 nations competing.”

Permana is regarded as a medal favourite for the individual competition alongside Kuala Lumpur gold medallist Kelly Morgan from Wales and England’s Julia Mann and Tracey Hallam.

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