In the early weeks, over nine Irish players travelled to compete in the Latvian and Lithuanian Open.
In preparation for the European Games, the Spanish International 2019 was next for our High Performance players with Nhat Nguyen, Joshua, Sam and Chloe Magee, Paul Reynolds and Rachael Darragh heading over to Madrid to compete. Sam and Chloe reached the semi-finals before losing out to Bay-Smidt and Soby of Denmark.
Back in Ireland the FZ Forza Irish Para-badminton International was up next with 6 Irish players taking part in this tournament. In the men’s singles Category SS 6, Niall McVeigh and Andrew Moorcroft both lost out in the round of 16. McVeigh and Isaak Dalglish from England showcased phenomenal performances reaching the final of the Men’s Doubles SS 6. In the Men’s Doubles SU5 Ireland’s Owen Casey and Finbarr Thomas O’Riordan reached the quarter finals before losing out to eventual winners Dheva Anrimusthi and Hafizh Brilliansyah Prawiranegara of Indonesia.
Our High Performance players then travelled to Minsk for the highly anticipated European Games. Paul Reynolds and Joshua Magee in the men’s doubles and Rachael Darragh in the women’s singles came up short to top their groups and enter the knockout stage of the competition. Nhat Nguyen made the last 16 of the men’s singles before losing to Toby Penty of England. Sam and Chloe Magee reached the semi-finals for a second time with a fantastic win over Tabeling and Piek of the Netherlands, securing a minimum of a bronze medal. They lost to the number one seeds and previous European Championships gold medallists Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England. The Magee’s displayed great form with a fantastic week of badminton to secure Ireland’s 7th medal at the European Games.
The month of July will be very busy for our high-performance players. Nhat Nguyen will compete alongside Sam and Chloe Magee in the 2019 White Knights International Challenge, followed by the Russian Open BWF Tour 100 event. Sam and Chloe will compete in the Indonesian BWF Tour 1000 and Japan open BWF Tour 750 event. All of these events will be important for the players as they continue to target qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.