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  • Ireland Bring Home 9 Badminton Medals at the 2018 Gay Games

    20/08/2018 Ireland Bring Home 9 Badminton Medals at the 2018 Gay Games

    Irish Bring Home Medals in Gay Games

    By Nicky Green, Badminton Silver Medallist

    Since 1982, the Gay Games has connected people from all walks of life, bringing people together with shared values of diversity, respect, equality, and solidarity, with sport providing the platform for togetherness and inclusion.

     

     

    This year’s 10th Gay Games, hosted in Paris from August 4-12, saw over 10,000 athletes compete from 70 countries across 36 different sports.

    Our Irish team was represented by 125 participants who took part in 15 different sporting events and brought home a record total of 42 medals.

    Part of that medal haul included a team of 19 badminton players who played out of their skins to win 9 medals, beating competitors from USA, Canada, France, Germany, Slovenia and Finland.

    The conditions were the most challenging we had ever faced, playing in a huge hall with 23 courts in temperatures of 37 degrees - and no air conditioning.

    Many of our team went all the way to the finals in their categories, with teammates beating fellow teammates to secure medals. In the Women’s Doubles C- category, Team Ireland excelled with an all Ireland podium, cleaning up with all Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In the Women’s C+ Singles we won Gold, and in the Mixed Doubles C- category, we won Silver.

    Congratulations to all who did Ireland proud! As participants, we felt that it was a privilege to play under the Irish banner, and honoured to know that we had the support of Badminton Ireland, plus many supporters in Paris, in addition to friends, families and even politicians cheering us on from back home.

    The build-up to Paris involved being invited to a wonderful reception at Aras an Uachtarain to meet the President Micheal D Higgins and his wife.

    The Cork participants were invited to Cork City Hall for a reception with the Lord Mayor of Cork, and then received a fabulous send-off at Cork airport as we headed to Paris, which included rousing speeches from the Lord Mayor, County Mayor and top Irish footballer Orlagh Farmer.

    Everyone celebrated with Pride. Well done team Ireland!

  • Podium finish for Ireland at the Bulgarian International

    15/08/2018 Podium finish for Ireland at the Bulgarian International

    Rachael Darragh and Paul Reynolds Bulgarian International came to an end today but not before getting some good results and making the semi-final of the event. They came up against Max Flynn and Hope Wartner of England in the mixed doubles quarterfinal this morning. Reynolds and Darragh put in a solid performance to beat the English pair 21-10 21-18. They then lost out to an experienced Finnish pair of Anton Kaisti playing alongside partner Inalotta Suutarinen, 12-21 17-21.

    Nhat Nguyen lost out in his quarterfinal match to Denmark's Mad Thogersen while Rachael Darragh lost out to number 5 seed Natalia Perminova of Bulgaria in her quarterfinal.

    For full results of all the Irish players from the event click on the link. 

  • Ireland make three quarter finals in Bulgaria

    14/08/2018 Ireland make three quarter finals in Bulgaria

    Ireland are following on with some good results at the Bulgarian International Series which is being played in Sofia this week, after the encouraging results achieved at the junior event last week from McAllister and Woods.

    Irish players have made three quarter-finals in the men's and women's singles and the mixed doubles events. Nhat Nguyen has come through some close matches to make the quarter-finals of the men's singles where he will come up against MadsThogersen of Denmark. Rachael Darragh has come through to face seeded Russian player Natalia Perminova. Lastly, Paul Reynolds and Rachael Darragh will come up against English pairing of Max Flynn and Hope Warner in the mixed doubles. 

    Despite some good performances in qualifying yesterday from Jonathan Dolan and Rachael and Rebecca Woods, it was only Sara Boyle who progressed through to the main draw in the women's singles. Unfortunately, there was heartbreak today for Sara who had to withdraw from the last 16 of the ladies singles and doubles due to an injury sustained in her last 32 win in her ladies singles. 

    For all of the days results click on this link.

  • Irish bow out of the World Championships in China

    31/07/2018 Irish bow out of the World Championships in China

    The World Championships has come to an end for the Irish players after coming up against some tough opposition. Sam and Chloe Magee, after winning their first-round match came up against Chinese Taipei pair of Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin. They lost out to these tough opponents 21-11 21-15.

    Nhat Nguyen had the tough first round draw of facing World Number 6 and former World Number 1 Kidambi Srikanth of India. Nhat put up a good fight against that experienced opposition but Kidambi came out on top to take that match 21-15 21-16. Nhat's primary focus will now be the upcoming European U19 Championships taking place in September.

    For full results from the event please click on this link.

  • Fantastic start for Ireland at the 2018 World championships

    30/07/2018 Fantastic start for Ireland at the 2018 World championships

    Sam and Chloe Magee have got Ireland off to a great start at the 2018 World Championships. The Irish number one mixed pair beat Fredrik Kristensen and Solvår Flåten Jorgensen of Norway after 29 minutes of play. The Irish dominated the match winning in straight games 21-13 and 21-8. The next round will be a much tougher task as they will come up against the number 14 seeds Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin from Chines Taipei. 

    Nhat Nguyen is the only other Irish representative at the event. Nhat, who is one of the youngest players to qualify for the event at 17, will face the number 5 seed Srikanth Kidambi of India. Check out all of the Irish results by clicking here.

     

     

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Fantastic start for Ireland at the 2018 World championships

Sam and Chloe Magee have got Ireland off to a great start at the 2018 World Championships. The Irish number one mixed pair beat Fredrik Kristensen and Solvår Flåten Jorgensen of Norway after 29 minutes of play. The Irish dominated the match winning in straight games 21-13 and 21-8. The next round will be a much tougher task as they will come up against the number 14 seeds Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin from Chines Taipei. 

Nhat Nguyen is the only other Irish representative at the event. Nhat, who is one of the youngest players to qualify for the event at 17, will face the number 5 seed Srikanth Kidambi of India. Check out all of the Irish results by clicking here.

 

 

2018-19 National squad player registration deadline Friday September 14th

We would like to inform you that application for the 2018-19 National squads is now open. For this season's squads, players can register by printing the registration form by clicking on this link. The completed registration form should be sent to Badminton Ireland along with the opening squad fee (€15) by September 14th. This should be sent to Badminton Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

If there is any reason why a player may be unavailable to attend the opening squad please contact coaching@badmintonireland.com.

The squad locations and times can be seen in below table

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**UPDATE**McVeigh reaches Quarterfinals at Thailand Para-Badminton International

**Update**

Niall followed up on his group stage win by beating Sun Jong Lie of the Netherlands in the last 16.  In the quarterfinals McVeigh's winning streak came to an end as he lost out to the number 3/4 seed Chun Yim Wong. Next up for Niall will be the japan Open in September.

Niall Mcveigh has reached the last 16 of the Thailand Para-Badminton International after topping his group in the SS6 class. The group consisted of 4 players and Niall won all three of his matches in the group stage, which meant that he topped the group to progress to the last 16. Niall will also partner with Andrew Moorcroft for the SS6 men's doubles.

For Niall's result, and upcoming matches see below. You can also click on this link for the full tournament schedule for the Irish players.

 

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HP Overview

The Badminton Ireland High Performance structure is designed to deliver talented and committed individuals the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We aim to achieve this by providing them with support both on court and off court in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Sport.
The Athlete Talent Pathway comprises of entry level ‘talent identification tools’ and ‘talent identification camps’ under the Teicnic programme (www.Teicnic.com).
This feeds in to the Irish National Squads and the High Performance athlete talent pathway which is comprised of those players who are focused on the Olympics (Talend funded).

The High Performance programme is led by the Performance Director who oversees the performance coaching team. The Badminton Ireland High Performance Management Group takes a collective decision around selections and high performance structure.
 

  • Please click here to see the Badminton Ireland structure.