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Elizabeth Cann

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Inspiring Others and Changing Lives

Liz is very passionate about passing on to others what she has learnt through her sports career. She has learnt some of her most valuable life lessons on the badminton court and through the ups and downs of her journey and she is grateful that all of these experiences have put her in a position to be able to help others now. Alongside her previous role as one of Sport England's Sporting Champions Liz also worked with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust mentoring young people, which she still does now.

Liz has made a huge impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing her secret of what it takes to be the best version of yourself!


"Liz truly inspired the participants at the Berkshire School Games by inspiring them with her story." Sarah Taylor, Berkshire School Games
"Liz was a motivating presence at our Sportivate female BME badminton sessions. She quickly built a rapport with the group and was excellent in delivering coaching pointers along with motivating the participants to stay involved with the sport and physical activity in general. We would highly recommended Liz to any Badminton projects that groups maybe considering." Glenn Goudie, Get Berkshire Active Sportivate deliverer
"Liz was brilliant and did everything we requested and over and above, we would highly recommend her." Ian Brown, Lincolnshire School Games
"Liz was motivating and inspiring whilst being friendly and down to earth." Chloe Beeton, Long Road Sixth Form College, Active Colleges


Liz started playing badminton along with many other sports aged about six years  and was coached by her mum. When she was 19, Liz moved to Denmark for three years to develop her badminton further and that’s when she first started receiving proper technical coaching. 

 Liz has been a full time professional badminton player representing for England for over 15 years and having competed in World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.  In 2002, Liz not only won her first international tournament but gained her first England cap. 

The most influential tournament she competed in was her first Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.  Career highlights include winning Commonwealth medals, reaching thetop 20 in the World rankings and beating the World number seven ranked player. During her career Liz suffered many injuries and setbacks including slipped discs and several stress fractures but each time managing to bounce back better than before. 

Liz retired fully from the sport in 2015 and since then has been doing badminton coaching as well as personal performance coaching where she helps individuals develop the right mindset to achieve their goals and become empowered. Liz feels inspired to pass on everything that she learned through sport to help others.

Competitive Record 

2 Commonwealth games medals (team event and individual women’s singles)

2 European team silver medals (2008, 2010)

5 Commonwealth games (1998, 2002, 2006,2010, 2014)

English national champion (2005, 2006,2008,2010,2012)

Scottish international winner (2008)

Swedish international winner (2008)

Finnish international winner (2008)

Irish international winner (2007)Swedish international winner (2005)

Iceland international winner (2002)  

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