13 July 2018
The final two speakers for the 2018 coaches conference are now confirmed. The two speakers join the current lineup of
Irish National Coach John Quinn
Three Time Olympian Chloe Magee
UKCC level 2 coach Andy Stewart
Badminton Ireland Tutor Tony Robinson
Badminton Ireland Development officer Fiach Andrews
Badminton Ireland Education and Training manager Daniel Magee
Leslie Dewart "The coaching journey"
Leslie Dewart talks about his pathway from competing internationally as a player and transition from competing into his coaching and Talent Consultant role. This will be a very interesting insight to a coaching pathway that has led Leslie into his new role as the lead Paralympic coach in Ulster Badminton, with a goal of qualifying Niall McVeigh for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Paul Reynolds “A home grown Talent”
Paul will talk about his journey so far growing up training in the Irish system. Paul has moved up through the Badminton Ireland academy into the high-performance system and has trained under many different coaches on his way there. Paul will give an insight into his day to day life as he balances out training and studies while competing on the European circuit. Paul has also had a number of high profile wins including winning a quadrangular gold in men’s doubles, European U17 bronze in men’s doubles and gold in the 2017 Polish open men’s doubles. This will be an interesting talk for both coaches working with Juvenile players and for players to get an insight into both training and the Irish system.
27 June 2018
Sam and Chloe Magee have got their Malaysian Open off to a great start by winning their first-round match and reaching the last 16 of the event. This is one of the biggest events on the circuit and has all of the best players in the world competing for crucial ranking points and a share of the $700,000 prize pool.
Sam and Chloe came up against Parinyawat Thonguam and Kittipak Dubthuk of Thailand in their opening match. They looked sharp and determined throughout the game beating the pair 22-20 21-15. They will now come up against the number one seeds in the event and current Olympic gold medalists Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia on Thursday.
To see the full results and schedule for the event click on this link.
There is also live streaming for some of the courts at the event on this link.
24 June 2018
Emma Farnham won Ireland's highest medal at the 2018 Irish Para Open. Emma won a Silver medal in the Women's Doubles SS6 with her partner from Poland Maria Bartusz. Emma & Maria met the polish pair of Bujnicka/Szmigiel in a silver medal match. The match between the number one and two seeds turned out to be a tightly fought contest. Farnham/Bartusz would win the first game 21-19 before losing the second 20-22 before finishing the game with a 21-11 victory. This is a magnificent achievement for Emma as this was the highest attended Irish Para Open in history with over 160 athletes. Elsewhere Niall McVeigh came away with bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles SS6. Niall and his partner Poveda Flores from Peru lost out to eventual winners Laing/Bedford in the semi-finals. The week has been extremely successful for Irish athletes as Niall & Emma look to prepare themselves for the imminent Olympic year.
To see a full list of winners please click here
You can watch all the finals on Badminton Ireland TV (YouTube)
Sunday 24th June saw the Irish Para Open come to a close. Players from all over the world came to the National Indoor Arena in Dublin for the five day tournament. The standard of event was exceptionally high as the event attracted more athletes from Asia and South America than previous years. This allowed players to experience new opponents and prepare themselves appropriately for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. The closing ceremony saw speeches from Badminton Ireland President Betty Thompson and Badminton Ireland Chairman Ronan Rooney. This year the closing ceremony was treated to some very influential people in Para-Badminton in Ireland and worldwide. BWF Deputy Chair for Para-Badminton Wayne Somers delivered presentations to the Wheelchair classes. Paralympic Ireland CEO Miriam Malone delivered presentations to Short Stature classes and Ciara Browne from the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown delivered presentations to the standing classes.
As the event continues to grow, Badminton Ireland relies heavily on volunteers throughout the week. Without the hard work of all the volunteers this event wouldn't be possible to run to the level that is required. The event saw people helping out in roles from umpiring to line judging to airport meet & greets. Each role plays its part in making this event the spectacle that the players come to expect and deserve. Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the volunteers throughout the week and look forward to working with and welcoming all existing and new volunteers.
21 June 2018
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13 June 2018
The Irish Master's team finished an impressive 7th at the 2018 Forza Nations Cup held in France. The Forza Nations Cup is a doubles only competition where each team will play one WD, one MD and two XD in each age group: +40, +45, +50, +55, +60.
In the group stages Ireland was in a tough group with France & Denmark but had some great matches and narrowly missed coming 2nd losing out to France by 1 point.
This put them in the playoff positions for 7th, 8th & 9th and after 2 great wins against Austria & Switzerland Ireland finished in 7th position.
A major highlight for the Irish team was the over 60's Women's doubles remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.
For more photos and information on the event follow the link to the event Facebook Page.
The Irish Masters Team:
40's Men- Jonathan Perry & Andrew Fenner
40's Women- Gillian Grimes, Jayne Orr & Georgina Ward
45's Men- Shane Guildea & Willie Stevenson
45's Women- Siobhan Grehan & Sylvia Campion
50's Men- Ian Young & Simon Thompson
50's Women- Brenda Murray Flynn & Julia Dunlop
55's Men- Kieran McMahon & Gerard Kenna
55's Women- Pam Peard & Sian Williams
60's Men- Joe Wright & Joe Abbott
60's Women- Christine Graham, Mary Bird & Doreen McClements