About Luke Chong
Luke Chong was first introduced to badminton by his parents, who played with him in the backyard from an early age. They played across a net that was tied to a tree at either end and in windy conditions, but it was enough to ignite a passion for the sport. At the age of 13, Luke tried out for a sporting talent identification program called “Search for a Star”, where badminton was one of the sports on offer. He was successful at the trials, which earned him a scholarship to receive free coaching from a top coach. Within the first two years of training, Luke was selected for the under 15 Victorian state team.
Luke continued to improve quickly, and won state titles at the under 17 and under 19 level. He was also selected to be the under 17 Victorian captain in 2003. However, his first major breakthrough came in 2005, where he was selected for the under 19 Australian National team to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships and Manhattan Beach Junior International. This resulted in him winning gold at the Manhattan Beach Junior International in mixed doubles, the first time in history that an Australian had ever won that tournament. As a result of his achievements as a junior at a national and international level, Luke was awarded the inaugural Centenary Medal by Prime Minister John Howard.
Since entering the senior ranks, Luke has continued to enjoy success. As a member of the Australian National team, he has won three international titles and been a finalist at another two. Notable Australian representative honours have included the 2012 Thomas Cup team, 2012 Oceania Championships team, 2008 and 2012 World University Championship teams and the 2013 World University Summer Universiade team. Furthermore, he has been a member of four Australian University Games gold medal winning teams. His most recent achievement came in 2013, where he became national champion in mixed doubles and was a finalist in the mens’ doubles. He is currently the number 1 ranked player in Australia for mixed doubles, and reached a world ranking of 53 in 2013.
Outside of badminton, Luke graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Optometry, where he was awarded the “Children’s Clinic Excellence in Patient Care” award by the Australian College of Optometry. After graduating, he received the Melbourne Research Scholarship to pursue a PhD in glaucoma research, which he is currently completing.
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Luke’s Badminton Bio 2013
- – 2013 Mixed doubles national champion
- – 2013 National Championships mens doubles finalist
- – 2013 and 2012 Australian National Championships team champion
- – 2013 and 2012 Australian University Games champion
- – 2012 Auckland International mixed doubles finalist
- – 2011 Zimbabwe International mixed doubles champion
- – 2011 Namibia International mixed doubles finalist
- – 2010 New Caledonia International mens doubles champion
- – 2005 Manhattan Beach Junior International mixed doubles champion
- Highest National/International rankings for 2013:
- – Mens singles Australian national ranking of 1
- – Mixed doubles Australian national ranking of 1
- – Mens doubles Australian national ranking of 2
- – Mixed doubles world ranking of 53
- National Representative Honours:
- – 2013 World University Summer Games, Russia
- – 2012 World University Championships, Korea
- – 2012 Thomas Cup team
- – 2012 Oceania Championships team
- – 2008 World University Championships, Portugal
- – 2005 Member of the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad