Choo ready to serve it out at Comm Games

Choo ready to serve it out at Comm Games

SASI scholarship holder and badminton star Leanne Choo can't wait to don the green and gold colours of Australia at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with a long trip ahead awaiting

LEANNE Choo could certainly attest to having an unusual preparation in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games as a member of Australia's badminton team.

Choo, 26, has been living in Toronto, Canada, since the 2016 Rio Olympics but earned her selection with excellent recent tournament results and solid form at the past two Olympics.

The reigning Oceania champion in women's and mixed events combined with usual partner Renuga Veeran to finish fifth at the London Olympics - Australia's highest ever position in the sport at an Olympic Games.

Choo and Veeran then finished ninth out of 20 competitors at the Rio Olympics.

Choo, who was born in Adelaide and is a SASI scholar, said the move to Toronto was for life experience.

''It's been great living in Toronto but still being able to compete for Australia,'' Choo said.

''I moved over after the Rio Olympics to be in a new environment and to give me fresh motivation.

''It's worked out better than I could have imagined.

''I'm able to train at the Granite Club with a great team and be able to compete in tournaments while still representing Australia.

''Preparation has been going well although obviously it is hard without my partner (Veeran).

''However it has given me a chance to really work on my individual weaknesses and improve me as a player which hopefully will help us as a team.

''I am a personal trainer at Equinox (gym) and I work there during the week when I'm not training.

Choo said she was aiming high at the Commonwealth Games despite a tough program of matches coming up.

''It would be amazing to get on the podium,'' Choo said, ''Renuga and I have been back together playing again since December so we both don't expect to beat pairs that have been playing on the circuit consistently.

''With that said, we still have high expectations of ourselves and want to use the experience we have to get a good result.

''I think the toughest teams to beat could be India and Malaysia.'' Five men and five women make up the Australian badminton team.

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