Fontaine Wright with Dame Kelly Holmes

Badminton player Fontaine Wright was ranked number one in England and the highest world ranked England player for almost five consecutive years, Fontaine reached a ranking of 50 in the world before having to retire due to lack of funding and injury.

Fontaine was 12 years old when she first represented England and was part of the England junior squad until the age of 19. After a number of years overcoming serious injuries, in 2013, Fontaine’s desire to achieve her goals saw her became number one in England for women’s singles. In 2014, she re-joined the England senior squad and Team GB, remaining number one until retirement in early 2018.

Winning two international titles and representing England over 30 times, Fontaine has won European Team Silver and Bronze medals as well as winning the match that broke England’s 30 year long wait to reaching the quarter finals of the Uber Cup (women’s world team championships). Fontaine was also a proud member of the Birmingham Lions National Badminton League Team, winning the second NBL title in 2015 after its inaugural season the previous year.

In 2016, she became Women’s Singles English National Champion and in 2017 competed in both her third World Championships and third European championships; reaching the quarter finals by beating a player ranked 20 in the world and making it the best European Championship result by an English women’s singles player since 2008.

During her career, Fontaine also achieved a degree in Sports Event Management and in 2017 completed her Masters degree in Journalism from Leeds Becket University.

Giving Back

Giving back is something that Fontaine is very passionate about and she hopes to inspire and show young people that despite having to overcome many hurdles in her own life, it is still possible to achieve your goals! 

Fontaine was always a very self-motivated athlete and her inner ambition enabled her to overcome multiple setbacks, learn from losses and still remain focused and determined to sacrifice, adapt to situations out of her control and work hard to achieve her goals. 

Although the end of Fontaine’s career ended sooner than she’d hoped, she knows that she wouldn’t have got to level she did without the help and support of others and so wants to give back to organisations that have not only helped her throughout her career, but to those who can make a difference in other people’s lives too. Something she has seen the Trust do through their programmes.

Since joining the Trust Fontaine has led and delivered three different On Track to Achieve programmes in schools and has assisted in a number of Get on Track in London and Brighton with fellow athletes.

Now as a qualified Personal Trainer, Fontaine aims to not only have a positive impact on young people’s lives within the Trust programmes but to do so on a wider scale of people seeking to improve themselves and their lives. 

Competitive Record

2017 European Mixed Team Championships Bronze Medallist

2016 Women’s Singles English National Champion

2016 National Badminton League Champions with Birmingham Lions Team

2016 Irish Open Quarter Finalist

2016 Swiss International Semi Finalist

2015 Irish Open Quarter Finalist

2015 Hellas International Winner

2015 European Mixed Team Championships Silver Medal

2015 Swedish Masters Quarter Finalist

2014 Welsh International Semi Finalist

2014 Hungarian International Winner

2014 Dutch Open Semi Finalist

2014 Uber Cup, Women’s World Team Championships Quarter Finalists

2014 Women’s European Team Championships Bronze Medalist