Suzanne started her love of badminton from the age of 9 as her parents were keen club players.  She gained her first England call up at junior level aged 12 and her first senior cap aged 18.

She was invited to train full-time with the England squad after finishing her degree in English and Media Studies at Nottingham Trent University.  With various successes along the way Suzanne was training for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and Olympics 2012 when the medical team discovered a recurring hip injury she was experiencing was in fact a congenital defect resulting in severe osteoarthritis.  Suzanne needed almost immediate surgery and with a long and lengthy rehabilitation process, she was subsequently was dropped from the England team.  

She started coaching and focussing her attention on her love of singing which she had always put on the back burner in her bid for the Olympics. Slowly she started building a name for herself and was picked up by a local label.  She started working with number one producers and was noticed by BBC Asian Network and BBC 3 Counties Radio.  Suzanne performs under the psuedonym Raya.

Giving Back

Suzanne is an ambassador for Solibad, a badminton based charity for disadvantaged communities worldwide.  She pioneered the idea that players donated a percentage of their winnings at tournaments to Solibad and started to push the project forward after her retirement, competing in a few smaller tournaments to encourage other players to get involved.

Suzanne joined Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in December 2016 after hearing from fellow athletes how rewarding working with the Trust could be. During her time with the trust she has had two baby girls.

Having been the lead and support athlete for the Get on Track Hayes female-only programs, she is a big advocate for female empowerment and the transformative power of sport.

Competitive Record

English National Champion 2009

Highest world ranking 11 mixed doubles

Slovakia Open winner 2006

Canada Open winner 2004

US Runner Up 2004