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Meet The Team

Meet the Bristol Jets’ first ever NBL squad, looking to really establish themselves in season one.

Jets have embraced their home region and sport a wealth of South West talent, complimented by some high-profile foreign imports.

Coach Bex Pantaney

The Jets’ first ever coach resides in Cheltenham and leads the team on the back of a prestigious playing and coaching track record. Pantaney won Gold for England at the 1998 Commonwealth games and recently won the BWF World Senior Championships. Bex has coached many of the squad before at youth level and has made local talent a focus.

Alex Lane

Singles specialist from Devon currently playing and studying at University of Bath. The 13 time national junior and 1 time European junior champion is now an established top 5 national singles player. He recorded Jets’ first ever point away to Team Derby.

Ben Lane

England international and former double junior European champion from Devon. The mixed doubles player, who can also play doubles, has so far paired with Emily Westwood and is currently training at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

Chris Coles

An NBL champion with Team Derby in NBL year one, the former England international  is the Jet’s first ever captain. Previously ranked in the top 40 globally for men’s doubles, Chris is a vocal leader of his hometown team and pairs with Richard Eidestedt in this event for the Jets.

David Jones

Providing cover for the Jets, primarily in the men’s singles event. Jones was called in to action away to Suffolk Saxons (replacing Alex Lane) and won his event. A future prospect who recently competed at the junior Europeans.

Devon Minnis

Devon holds the responsibility of being the Jet’s sole female reserve, so will need to be ready if called upon. She joins a number of Jet’s teammates by playing and studying at the University of Bath and recently competed at the National U19 championships.

Emily Westwood

A former ‘Surrey Smasher’ in the NBL and current GB international hailing from Hemel Hempstead. Westwood has been ranked as high as 72 globally in mixed doubles and won gold at the Welsh International in 2015; all with only one kidney!

George Priestman

Joining Jones and Minnis as Jets reinforcements, Priestman studies and plays at the University of Bath. Priestman won the U19 European doubles championship in Ireland in 2014 and is another ‘one to watch’ for the future.

Jess Hopton

Another Jets Bristolian, Jess has paired with Mizuki Fujii so far in the women’s doubles. Hopton is currently on loan from Loughborough Lightning where she studies and trains. She has won 6 Junior national titles and was also crowned U19 Swiss Women’s Doubles and Singles Champion in 2015.

Kirby Ngan

Ngan recently represented England seniors at the European Championships, as well as winning the U19 English National Championships. Kirby, who is also from Bristol, specialises in women’s singles and joins Coles, Hopton and co. as Avon Badminton members.

Mizuki Fujii

The Jet’s most high profile signing won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. The Japanese national has been pairing the more local Jess Hopton in the women’s doubles and one of the marquee names in the AJ Bell NBL.

Nicola Cerfontyne

The Jets’ most recent recruitment and a two time national champion. Nicola stepped into the women’s singles slot for the Jets first match night away to Team Derby. Cerfontyne hails from Bournemouth and in addition to playing, is also a highly respected coach.

   

Richard Eidestedt

Eidestedt is a dual national who whilst has represented England, currently plays for Sweden. In 2010 he was ranked 29th in Men’s doubles and has won the Orleans, Irish and Scottish international championships among others. Richard partners captain Chris Coles in the men’s doubles.