Scott Evans retires from International badminton
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Badminton Ireland is sad to announce the retirement of Scott Evans from International Badminton. Scott Evans has represented Ireland at three Olympic Games and he will compete on the Irish team for the last time next week in Kazan at the European Men's and Women's Team Championships (13th-18th February).
Chairperson of Badminton Ireland Ronan Rooney gave a quote on the announcement.
"As Scott Evans announces his retirement from badminton, on behalf of everyone in Badminton Ireland I want to congratulate him and say a huge Thank You.
As a fan, and a Board member, I, like many others, have enjoyed watching Scott’s career develop and go from strength to strength over many years. A career that has been populated with many memorable highlights, including numerous Irish Caps, an Irish Open Title, several International Open Titles, multiple Irish National Titles, a world ranking of 23, and three Olympic Games – reaching the last 16 in Rio, which culminated in the now famous, and viral Full Evans!
Scott has been a long-serving ambassador for Irish badminton, inspiring others to follow the path that he has paved. His success has in no small way contributed to the popularity and growth of badminton amongst our younger players, some of whom will continue to represent us on the European and world stages.
He has done himself, his family and his country proud, brought much enjoyment and excitement to those of us back home, and set a very high bar for the aspiring stars of tomorrow to follow. We wish him well in his future endeavours." - Ronan Rooney, Chairperson of Badminton Ireland.
Badminton Ireland National Coach John Quinn had this to add:
"As National Coach, I would like to pay tribute to the long career of Scott Evans and it is a fitting way to end his career by representing Ireland next week in Kazan. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I wish him all the best in his future career." - National Coach, John Quinn.
Scott Evans had this statement along with his announcement:
“The time is the right to retire after 14 years of full-time training and full-time participation on the world tour. I know what it takes to be a professional athlete every single day and what I need to do to be at my best and I don’t have the same desire as before. This hasn’t been an easy decision, but I feel it is the right one. Having the opportunity to finish my career while representing my country will be the best way to end this chapter.”
He added: “I am very grateful to Badminton Ireland, Sport Ireland, The Olympic Council of Ireland and Hegarty Financial Management for giving me the opportunities to live my dream and be a professional badminton player for 14 years. Without their support my journey wouldn’t have been possible.”
“I would like to sincerely thank my parents and brother who have been through the highest highs and when I have hit rock bottom. I would also like to thank Jim Laugesen who took me on at 17 years of age and still helps me to this day and to Camille, for all her support.”
“I am really passionate about the sport of Badminton and I have started to work on an exciting new collaborative project, the details of which will announced in coming months.”
Badminton Ireland would like to wish the Irish Team the best of luck at the European Men's and Team Championships as Scott Evans looks o finish up on a high.