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Social Media Scam Notification

It has come to the attention of Badminton Ireland that a competition scam is currently in operation onlline linked to winning a signed Olympic shirt from Nhat Nguyen.

Badminton Ireland has no ties or affiliations to such a competition which is being operated through a company called 'Jersey Eurogifts' and it is to be treated as a phishing scam.

Badminton Ireland are running our own competition and are not using any third parties in the promotion of this competition. Details of our competition can be found on the Badminton Ireland Facebook Page.

If you have clicked any links associated with this scam, you can take the following actions:

Disconnect your device from the Internet. (This will prevent the malware from sending out any sensitive information from your device and keep someone from remotely accessing your device.)

Change your passwords for any online accounts you may have.

Do not share the scam via social media.

If you need any additional assistance or queries on what to do, please contact our National Governance Officer Conor Fadian on cfadian@badmintonireland.com or by phone on 086 0288555

General

Ulster Badminton - Schools & Club Officer Vacancy

Ulster Badminton are currently advertising for a Schools & Club Officer.

Please see below documents in relation to this position.

Any queries regarding this vacancy can be directed to Emma Nesbitt, Ulster Badminton Administrator on her email below:

Email: emmanesbitt@ulsterbadminton.com

Schools & Club Officer - Advert

Schools & Club Officer - Job Description

Schools & Club Officer - Application Form

Schools & Club Officer - Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Governance

Covid-19 Guidelines Reminder

Badminton Ireland wish to remind all our members of the current guidelines for the Republic of Ireland. 

The current guidelines mean the following:

  • Singles Play only is permitted.
  • Doubles Play is only permitted where individuals in a pair are living in the same household.

This applies to all members whether you are fully vaccinated or not, in line with the current public health guidelines.

We are currently liasing with Sport Ireland on secring a date as to when Doubles Play can return to normal. As soon as we have this information available, we will issue communication to our affiliated bodies advising the same.

The current Covid-19 guidelines are available to download on the below links.

Badminton Ireland Players Guidelines

Badminton Ireland Club Guidelines

Badminton Ireland Coach Guidelines

Guidelines for Northern Ireland remain unchanged, and along with all other guidelines relating to Covid-19, are available to view on the link provided here

If you have any questions or queries on these, please do not hesitate to contact Conor Fadian, National Governance Officer, on his contact details below:

Email: cfadian@badmintonireland.com

Phone: 086 0288555

Development

Xcessible Bronze Level Award

Badminton Ireland is delighted to announce that we have rewarded Cara Xcessible Bronze Level Award. 

Cara is delighted to recognise the outstanding work undertaken by Badminton Ireland over the last 12 months in the inclusion of people with disabilities within their sport by awarding them with the Xcessible Bronze Award. It is clear to see the commitment and passion of Badminton Ireland towards inclusion and great to see the progress they made in this area, particularly in how they are using the Sport Inclusion Disability Charter and Xcessible to drive their ambition. We congratulate Badminton Ireland on their achievements so far and look forward to supporting them on the next stage of their journey in achieving Xcessible Silver. 

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the partners who helped and guided us through the journey.

 

 

Development

Women in Sport Wednesday - Kathleen Marks

Kathleen Marks, nee Griffin, was the youngest of 7 children. She was born in 1935 in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. From a young age Kathleen loved all sports, whether it was playing, coaching, administrating or just watching. Her sons recall that she often joked that she would watch 2 flies going up a wall to see who would win! However, it was her passion for two sports, camogie and badminton, that shaped the remarkable sporting life of this incredible lady.

Camogie

Kathleen started her sporting career playing camogie with Roscrea. At the tender age of 15, she was already scoring in the 1950 Senior Munster Camogie final for Tipperary. She played for Tipperary for 18 years.

During her playing years Kathleen gathered an impressive array of accolades, including -

  • 13 Tipperary club titles (11 in a row)
  • 6 Munster titles
  • 7 interprovincial titles
  • 2 All Ireland club titles
  • Kathleen also played in 4 All Ireland finals but unfortunately Tipperary could not get past a mighty Dublin team.

Badminton - Playing

While Kathleen started playing badminton socially in Roscrea in the late 1950’s with her brother Danny and sister Terry, she didn’t really take it seriously until near the end of her camogie career in the late 1960’s.

Kathleen joined the Thurles Badminton team, which at that time was playing in 1st division in the Tipperary league. This Thurles team went on to become the dominant team in Tipperary and, indeed, one of the best in Munster during the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

Between 1968 and 1979 Kathleen won no less than twenty-one 1st Division individual Tipperary titles.

These included:

  • 8 Ladies Singles
  • 10 consecutive Ladies’ Doubles, 9 of which were with her great friend Kitty Craddock.
  • 3 mixed doubles

In 1976, while pregnant with her second son, Patrick, Kathleen decided not to play the County Singles. However, she reckoned she could get away with playing Doubles! Kathleen came back the following year to reclaim her Singles title.

Yet Kathleen’s love of being part of a team never waned. One of the proudest moments in her sporting career when, at the age of 43, she Captained Tipperary to win their first badminton Inter-County All Ireland Class 2 title in 1978.

This very proud occasion was 28 years after Kathleen has first represented Tipperary on the camogie field.  

Badminton – Administration/Coaching

Meanwhile, Kathleen was also actively contributing to the sport she loved. Like her husband, she held a wide variety of roles in Tipperary, Munster and Ireland.

She was elected as Tipperary Treasurer 1970 and apart from some breaks taking up other positions in Munster and Ireland she was treasure for the next 35 years.

She was Munster President 1983 – 1986 and Munster Treasurer 1997 – 2005.

From 1994 – 1996 Kathleen followed in her husband’s footsteps when she was also elected to serve as President of Badminton Ireland.

When her term as President was up she stayed on as a member of the Badminton Ireland executive for the next 10 years.

This was the first and, to date, the only time a husband and wife have both served as President of Badminton Ireland.

Throughout these years Kathleen dedicated much of her time to developing the sport of badminton for young people. At a local level, and in a single court hall, Kathleen coached youngsters all day every Saturday. During the week days and for more than 30 years, she coached at Roscrea CBS.

Kathleen was a Coach/ Selector/ Manager of underage teams in Tipperary, Munster and Ireland. She dedicated an incalculable number of hours to organising Juvenile Badminton Competitions. Kathleen coached thousands of young people over the years. Not only did she give many years organising tournaments all over Ireland, but she also took many young teams to Britain to play Quadrangular’s.

Meritorious Service Award

Through her sporting life she collected many awards as both a player and administrator. In 2002, at a ceremony in Belfast, Kathleen was awarded the Badminton World Federation’s Meritorious Service Award for her service to the sport. A fitting tribute to a remarkable sportswoman.

Support

Of course, in order to excel as an athlete, one needs support, even more so if you are a mother with young children. Throughout most of her playing years, Kathleen was lucky to have consistent support from her husband Paddy and also from her own mother, Mrs. Griffin.  When Kathleen returned from badminton training or meetings she would usually go running at night. Her mother would look after the boys, while Paddy would follow her in the car using the headlights to light her way!

Family

With her own children Kathleen, instilled a love of sport, particularly badminton. She also instilled in them the understanding that it is important to give back to the sports/organisations you have enjoyed in order to help the next generation.

Kathleen had two sons, James and Patrick, both of whom have embraced their mother’s love of badminton. James has represented Tipperary, while Patrick has won national titles and has representing Ireland at juvenile level.

In turn of James’s children, Niamh and Padraic and Patrick’s children Abi and Luke have played the sport with Patrick’s youngest, Luke, looking increasingly like an old chip off the block!

The Legacy

Kathleen passed away in 2016. Right up to her last years’ she was remained actively involved in her community and was never a person to sit down and allow things to happen around her.

At one stage, when she was in her mid-60’s, her sons suggested she might want to slow down a bit, as they pointed out she was a member of no less than 31 local, county, provincial and national committees!

She was very understanding of their concern, and they all agreed that she would take it easier over the next 12 months. Kathleen did keep her word and, when they discussed it a year later, she pointed out that she had reduced the number of committees by four, adding that she had done what she had been asked and she really couldn’t do anymore!

That sums up Kathleen Marks – a lady with tireless dedication, unending commitment, passionate involvement and incredible faithfulness. Kathleen Marks was truly a legend.

General

Badminton Ireland Newsletter - June

Dear All,  

 

Please see the June 2021 Newsletter below, you can click the limage to see the full newsletter. 

 

02/07/2021-GeneralPress Release – Badminton Europe Member Support Commission Appointment
01/07/2021-DevelopmentWomen in Sport Funding Announcement
29/06/2021-GovernanceBadminton Ireland - Governance Mid-Year Update
17/06/2021-DevelopmentLGBTQ+ Inclusion Tips
16/06/2021-High PerformanceNhat Nguyen Officially Selected to Compete in the Men’s Singles in Tokyo 2020
04/06/2021-GovernanceCovid-19 - Register your Covid-19 Officer
01/06/2021-GeneralBadminton Ireland Newsletter - May 2021
31/05/2021-Events2021/2022 provisional events calendar agreed by National Events Committee
27/05/2021-DevelopmentDiversity & Inclusion Week
18/05/2021-GovernancePhishing Email Alert

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