BADMINTON: Tara Pilven heads to Europe to help qualify for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

TARA PILVEN will use a whirlwind tour of the European badminton circuit to book a place at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old, who is based in Point Cook but originally from Ballarat, flies out Sunday to contest four international badminton tournaments, including the Scottish International in Glasgow.

Pilven's tour begins at the Norway International Challenge on November 15-18 before heading to the Glasgow on November 21-25, and the Welsh International on November 29-December 2. The tour finishes with the Irish International on December 5-9.

Australia's number two female player, Pilven is currently ranked 208 in the world. She said she needs to improve that ranking in order to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. 

"You have to have a world ranking of about 180 to qualify for the Commonwealth Games," Pilven said. "They are all knockout tournaments with seeding and I'm not seeded. If I can get through the first two rounds that would be good."

Tara Pilven

Tara Pilven