High Performance Players
In recent years, Badminton Ireland has established a High Performance system with a focus on sustainability. The key to this is ensuring that talented players are identified and developed at all levels from the junior ranks to our Olympic hopefuls.
Chloe Magee (25) is one of Ireland’s Double Olympians, having represented Ireland in Both the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and London Olympic Games in 2012. Chloe grew up in Raphoe, Co. Donegal and trained in Raphoe Badminton Club. Chloe is now part of the Irish Elite training group and trains in the National Training Centre in the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin.
Magee has continued to show her potential in the 2013 season. Chloe has continued to improve and along with the mixed results she has had with her brother Sam she has had some excellent singles results. The Irish number one women singles player has had last 16 places in the All England Premier Super Series, Thailand Grand Prix Gold, Dutch Open Grand Prix, Scottish Open grand Prix and London Grand Prix Gold where she also made quarters of the mixed Doubles event. In the French Open Super Series Magee beat Juan Gu of Singapore who is a world top 20 ranked player.Chloe is the first Irish Athlete to win matches at two Olympic Games and hopes to further this statistic as she targets the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Chloe is currently funded by the Irish Sports Council and works closely with the Irish Institute of Sport.
Scott Evans (26) is also a Double Olympian, with appearances at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 under his belt. Scott grew up in Dundrum, Dublin and played out of Terenure Badminton Centre on Whitehall Road.
Scott has had some remarkable results in the recent past, making the quarter final of the European Championships in 2008 and 2010 only narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. The Dublin Native has recorded a number of good wins in 2013 including beating World number 39 Ville Lang of Finland at the Danish Super Series event. Denmark proved to be a successful location for Evans in 2013 as earlier in the year Evans also recorded a quarter final in their International event where he had to withdraw due to injury in his match with Victor Axelsen. Evans has also had some recent good form making the last 16 of the London Grand Prix Gold where he beat former world number 12 Yan Kit Chan of Hong Kong before losing out in a close match up with Singapore’s Derek Wong. Scott is currently funded by the Irish Sports Council and works with the Irish Institute of Sport Team
Sam Magee (24) is a member of the Badminton Ireland Elite system. Sam grew up in Raphoe Co. Donegal and was a member of Raphoe Badminton Club. Sam was one of Ireland’s most successful Junior Badminton players and cemented his name in history when he claimed gold in the European Junior Championships Men’s Doubles in 2009.
Magee has continued to progress up the rankings this season with his partner Chloe Magee as they continue to impress on the European Circuit. Some notable results for Sam and Chloe in the mixed doubles event include a Semi Final of the Belgium Open where they defeated World ranked number 23 pairing of Chris Langridge and Heather Olver of England and making quarter final of the Scottish Grand Prix and London Grand prix Gold event. In May Magee took his first title in the 2014 calendar by winning the 2014 Hellas Open in Greece. The next Goal for Sam will be to qualify for the 2015 Baku games in mixed doubles. Sam currently receives funding from the Irish Sports Council and works closely with the Irish Institute of Sport.
Joshua Magee (19) is from the county of Donegal but is now living and training full time in the National training centre in Marino Institue of Education (MIE). Joshua is the youngest of the Magee family and now is in joining his older Brother and Sister on the Senior European circuit. In the 2014 Irish National men singles event Joshua proved how he hopes to be a major contender at senior level as he got his best result to date at this tournament taking silver medal. Joshua has represented Ireland at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Japan and is aiming to break through into the Senior team going forward. The young talent is one to watch going forward as he takes to the senior ranks.
Rachael Darragh (16) is from Raphoe in Co. Donegal and trains in Raphoe Badminton Club.
The youngest female member of the Talent group has had a bright start to the 2013 season with a number of Notable results. In the Irish u19 european circuit event Rachael made the final of the womens singles and won the womens doubles competition with her partner Sara Boyle. Darragh followed this result up with a bronze medal in the singles event at the Uk school games. In her first Senior International of the year Darragh reached the quarter final of the womens singles in the Irish Future series event losing out to eventual winner Lansac of France.
Paul Reynolds booked his place on the talent squad when he secured gold in the U15 men doubles Quadrangular event in Wales. Paul earlier in the season had an impressive result at the Carlton Irish under 19 badminton Europe circuit event where he made the semi-final of the mixed doubles. Paul represented Ireland in the 2014 European under 15 championships in Switzerland and this event has given the young Dublin based player a hunger to achieve more going forward on a world stage.
Kyle Magee booked his place on the talent squad when he secured gold in the U15 men doubles Quadrangular event in Wales. Kyle earlier in the season had an impressive result at the Macclesfield U13 Gold star winning the boys doubles title and finishing runner up in the boys singles. Kyle represented Ireland in the 2014 European under 15 championships in Switzerland and still can play in this age group for another 2 seasons.