Badminton Ireland is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of its members. Badminton can be played by all levels of physical ability, enhancing social opportunities, and improving overall health.
Para-Badminton provides players of different disabilities and backgrounds an opportunity to interact under a common purpose. It is a growing sport with more and more participants taking up the game either socially or competitively. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) recently annnounced that Para-Badminton will make it's Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
There are a total of 6 classes recognised by the BWF:
The FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton Open 2018 will be held in National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin. The event will take place between the 18th-24th June 2018.
In 2017 the FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton Open welcomed 150 athletes from 25 nations. Across the 21 events some of our winners were as follows; Sam Seop Lee won the WH1 Men's Singles, Man Kai Chu and Chun Yim Wong from Hong Kong took the Men's Doubles SS6 & Women's Doubles SS6 and Darunee Henpraiwan & Nipada Seangsupa from Thailand won the Women's Doubles SL3-SU5.
Badminton Ireland are looking forward to continuing the development of Para-Badminton in Ireland and we hope to see a large number of Irish entries in the Para-Badminton Open this year. Athletes like Niall McVeigh, Emma Farnham, Michael Smith and Laura Lee Jenkins are pegged to compete at this year’s Irish Para Open. Both Niall McVeigh and Emma Farnham will be looking to continue on from their successful tournament at the World Championships in South Korea in November. McVeigh came away with a Bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles SS6 and Farnham bagged herself a Silver medal in the Women’s Doubles SS6.
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