Jenny Wallwork is a former international badminton player. Her mother played the sport for England and her father is a badminton coach.

She has a number of international accolades in both the women’s events and also the mixed double event. She has won mixed doubles in the Bulgarian International (2004), the Scottish Open (2005) and the Dutch Open (2006). Jenny also won the women’s doubles at the Irish International (2005).

Jenny has been a hugely popular and dedicated member of our Giveback Team. Jenny has worked on many of our Young People programmes across the North. Jenny was chosen to be Athlete of the Month in February 2016.

Claire Bennett, Athlete Manager at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said:

“Jenny is a fantastic athlete mentor and an inspiration to so many people. Her hard work and commitment has meant that she has quickly progressed at the Trust. We are so proud to see Jenny fulfil her ambition of setting up her own charity outside of the Trust, the Jenny Wallwork Foundation (JWF). Jenny set up JWF to provide the essential understanding, support and guidance to people of all ages suffering in silence from debilitating mental illnesses such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, disorders and addictive behaviours. We are so proud to play a part in Jenny’s journey.”

Sarah Gray, Area Manager North at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said:

“Jenny has developed into a strong, successful lead athlete and one that always has a smile on her face. She has worked in some of the most challenging places in Yorkshire and with some young people with really difficult backgrounds. Jenny has taken all this in her stride, always with glowing reports from partners she works with of how she deals with these challenges.

“Jenny has fulfilled her ambition of setting up her own charity and so many local partners are supporting her venture, which shows her ability to build lasting partnerships wherever she works.

“Jenny also appeared on a Newcastle-based radio show to discuss mental health and young people and the importance of the work that Dame Kelly Holmes Trust does to support those affected. Jenny has also attended lots of training to develop her knowledge of supporting mental health with young people. I know this will only improve her delivery as it’s an area she’s passionate about.”

“Finally Jenny pushed herself when supporting recent programme delivery in HMP Humber Prison with James Kirton. This was challenging and I know she gained some valuable experience from it. Well done Jenny and keep up the hard work!”

Competitive record

Commonwealth Silver and bronze medallist
European team silver and individual Bronze
5 time National champion.