Irish players competing at the 2017 Irish Para-Badminton International

The Irish Para-Badminton International Championships takes place in the National Indoor Arena this week between Thursday (June 22nd) and Sunday (June 25th), and there is plenty of interest from an Irish point of view as nine Irish players take to the court to face off against some of the best competitors from around the world.

Below is an insight into on a number of those competing in Irish colours this week;

Laura-Lee Jenkins

Laura-Lee Jenkins first started playing badminton during a summer scheme when she was eight years old. Currently residing in Co. Down, she works as a solicitor on a daily basis. A six time gold medallist at National Championships, Laura notes that her favourite moments in her career to date include winning two bronze medals at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International, along with her fourth place finish at the seventh European Para-Badminton Championships. Laura’s future ambition is to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when Para-Badminton will be played for the first time at a Paralympic Games. The prospect of competing in the National Indoor Arena really excites Laura and she is privileged, proud, and excited to have the support of the home crowd behind her this week.

Watch out for Laura-Lee this week as she competes in the WS WH1, WD WH1-WH2, and the XD WH1-WH2 categories.

Stephen Halpin

Born in Belfast twenty-three years ago, Stephen has been playing badminton since he was aged seven when his father first introduced him to the game. Stephen, who is a member of Alpha BC in Lisburn, played his first international event in 2013 when he competed at the World Championships in Dortmund. He then followed that World Championship appearance up again when he competed in the same event two years later in Stoke Mandeville. He has an accomplished career to date and has been victorious at the Irish Four Nations Championships in 2012 and 2016. Stephen highlights the influence that coach Eugene McVeigh has had on his career to date, and badminton is now his number one sport having previously played soccer. His opening match victory in the 2013 World Championships ranks as his favourite career moment to date due to the nerves he had playing in his first international tournament. In terms of his future ambitions in the sport, Stephen hopes to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games while he is really looking forward to that special feeling of playing in his home championships this week.

Watch out for Stephen this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

Owen Casey

A native of county Galway, Owen is currently a member of Ballygar BC. Owen first started playing badminton when he was aged nine, and competed for the first time as an Ireland representative at the 2015 Irish Para-Badminton International where he had a third place finish in the MD event. Being asked to be part of the Irish Para-Badminton team ranks as his favourite moment in his career to date, while Owen also remarks how Eugene McVeigh and the rest of the Irish Para-Badminton team have been hugely influential in terms of helping him develop as a player in recent years. The real attraction of the Irish Para-Badminton International Championships in Dublin for Owen is that he gets the opportunity to watch, and compete, against some of the top players from around the globe. Owen hopes to continue to raise the profile of Para-Badminton in Ireland in every possible way.

Watch out for Owen this week as he competes in the MS SU5 category.

Wayne Brereton

Wayne was first introduced to badminton by his neighbour Liz at eighteen years of age. He then played socially for a number of years, but at this year’s Irish Para-Badminton International he will make his debut at international level. A member of the Portarlington Parochial BC, Wayne is currently employed as an OPW tour guide at one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks, Kilmainham Gaol. On a personal level his primary target is to continuously improve every time he takes to the court, but he also recognises the importance of the sport being enjoyable as it is number one piece of advice for up and coming players.

Watch out for Wayne this week as he competes in the MS SL4 and MD SL3-SL4 categories.

In addition to the four competitors above, Niall McVeigh, Chris Stewart, Michael Smith, Emma Farnham, and Cormac Harmon will all be in action throughout the week.

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3rd Irish Para Badminton International starts tomorrow

Five countries have had the opportunity to run a BWF Para-Badminton tournaments since they started 2009 these include Ireland, Spain, Germany, France and Turkey. The third Irish Para-Badminton International kicks off in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena tomorrow with over 150 athletes from over 25 nations taking part.

"Badminton Ireland would like to welcome all the visiting teams to the 3rd Irish Para-Badminton International. This event has been a great addition to our calendar and we have seen it go from strength to strength since it was first hosted in 2015 in Baldoyle Badminton Centre. This year we are delighted to hold the event in Sport Ireland’s new National Indoor Arena in Dublin. A fantastic 12 courts facility featuring spectator seating, viewing gallery and a large indoor athletics track". - David McGill, Tournament Organiser.

The tournament will be streamed live on the Badminton Ireland Youtube Channel as well as using a state of the art live scoring system,We are very much looking forward to showcasing our new live scoring and streaming system which will allow players and spectators to monitor scores from every court live. Our team are working tirelessly to ensure all aspects of this year’s event are catered for and we hope that all participants will enjoy their time here in Ireland." 

You can check on the entries and the upcoming draws by clicking on this link.

Follow this link for the Badminton Ireland YouTube channel where some of the matches will be streamed live.

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High Performance

Sam and Chloe Magee Win Spanish International 2017

Sam and Chloe Magee have won the Spanish International 2017 after overcoming a tough draw with some tricky foreign opposition. In their quarterfinal match, they beat the strong Japanese pair of Matsuyama/Matsui 21-15 21-19 under the tough heat conditions that the Spanish tournament is known for. 

They beat the number 3 seeds in the semi-final who they have had many difficult matches with in the past. The score against Labar Fontaine of France was 21-17 23-21. Sam and Chloe held their form well to stop the match going to three games at the end of the second.

In the final, they came up against Tabeling/Seinen of the Netherlands who beat some strong pairs and had some close matches to reach the finals. The Irish duo was on fire and came through the final winning 21-11 21-18. This is a really important win for the Magee's to top up on their huge success at the European Championships, "Seven years ago we won our first ever international title here, so it always brings great memories playing in Madrid." - Sam Magee.

For a full list of all the Irish results from the week click on this link.

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Header Photo Credit: Mark Phelan (Badminton Europe).


Upcoming Announcement of BI Age Group Rules for 2017/18 season

Badminton Ireland will announce the age group rules for 2017/18 during the last week of June.

Last season the vast majority of European Nations changed their domestic age group regulations. Badminton Ireland made the decision to effect no change in 2016/17 and 2017/18 has been under review. It is important that we announce any changes or otherwise in good time, prior to the new season.

High Performance

Spanish International 2017

Irish players travel to the Spanish International this week to compete under the tough heat conditions that the tournament is notorious for. With temperatures hitting 40 degrees in the area this week it will be difficult playing conditions for the competitors. 

The players travelling to the event include Sam, Chloe, Joshua Magee, Rachael Darragh, Sara Boyle and Nhat Nguyen. The tournament is running from the 15th-18th June with the qualifications rounds taking place on the opening day of the event. Sam and Chloe Magee are the number two seeds in the mixed draw and after their recent bronze medals at the European Championships, they will be looking for more silverware at this tournament. 

For all of the Irish matches, you can click on this link.

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High Performance

Chambers Win Lithuania International

It was a great last few days for Ciaran and Sinead Chambers as they took the Lithuania International title. After a solid win in their first round match, they followed it up by knocking out the number three seeds Christensen/Syvertsen from Norway. After comfortably winning their quarter final match they then had two close three-game matches in the semi-final and final stages of the tournament. The final against the Czech Republic pair of Budzel/Švábíková went down to the wire with Ciaran and Sinead winning the match in three games 17-21 21-18 21-18.

There was also good results in the women's doubles where Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle made it to the semi-final stages of the competition.

For a full list of the results from this event, you can click on this link.


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