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Deidré Jordaan has her sights set on getting to the 2024 Olympics in Paris, so she is working towards being South Africa’s number one badminton player.

 

South Africa (26 September 2022) – Deidré Jordaan, age 27, is an accomplished South African national badminton player, who has been part of the South African squad since 2020. She has represented South Africa many times and is now on her way to doing so in Paris, France.

Deidré represented South Africa at the African Championships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She showed her sporting talent by competing in all badminton disciplines, including singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

At the Benin Internationals 2021, she and her teammates did a great job in flying the flag high. Her most recent accomplishment was representing South Africa in Badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Deidré and her women’s doubles partner have been included in the Badminton Confederation of Africa’s (BCA) “Road to Paris” (RTP) programme. This programme has identified Africa’s most promising badminton players and shows potential to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. Their inclusion in the programme is following their success at the African Championships held in February this year, where they achieved a silver medal.

The objective of the RTP programme is to facilitate the attendance of these players at several African, Pan-American and other international tournaments to boost their world ranking with Badminton World Federation (BWF). To qualify for the Olympics, players will need to be ranked number one in their discipline (singles/doubles/mixed doubles) in Africa and among the top 50 in the world.

Deirdre is working hard towards being the top player in South Africa. She has been excited about the upcoming tournaments, which will aid in her pursuit of Paris. She has been able to come up with some of the funding but was hoping to get support for the shortfall.

Currently, Badminton South Africa (BSA) is unfunded, unsponsored, and awaits support from the National Lottery Fund or another sponsor. For these reasons, BSA is unable to provide any financial assistance to any of the South African players chosen for RTP.

She is now faced with trying to self-fund the shortfall to compete. To make this dream a reality, Deidré has set up a crowdfund to cover the remaining shortfall of R97,154.

Deidré is currently seeking financial support and sponsorship towards these costs. Should you, your company or anyone in your network be able to assist in this regard, please donate on this page or contact her at deidrelaurens@gmail.com.

You can help Deidré with her goal to get to Paris via BackaBuddy here.


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