Karlskrona in Sweden will play host to the upcoming European Badminton Championships between 16/21 April. Ireland will be represented in 3 of the 5 disciplines. The ‘Europeans’ is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year. With the Olympics being in the same season and qualification points up for grabs this is set to be one of the most memorable events of the 2012 Badminton calendar
The Irish have prepared well in the lead up to this event. From April 2nd to 6th players targeting the 2016 and 2020 games trained alongside Chloe Magee in her preparation for the Europeans. The camp looked at areas of Fitness Testing, On-court training, off-court Gym training, and Psychology of the game, having a winning attitude.
Badminton Ireland National Coach Dan Magee commented “There was a real buzz in training and the team spirit in the camp helped towards Chloe’s preparation for the Championships”.
Ireland will be represented in the Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles events.
The Championships are held every two years with this year’s tournament being held at the Telenor Arena. A reminder of who are the current champions from the 2010 tournament :
Men’s singles: Peter Gade (Denmark)
Women’s singles: Tine Baun (Denmark)
Men’s doubles: Paaske/Rasmussen (Denmark)
Women’s doubles: Vislova/Sorokina (Russia)
Mixed doubles: Laybourn/Juhl (Denmark)
In the Men’s Singles Irish number one Scott Evans World ranked 66 will face Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine. The Ukraine number one is ranked 45 in the World and has been in some great form as of late. Evans has pushed himself hard in the lead up to this event and is ready for the challenge of facing a higher ranked opponent. Zavadsky is known for his rallying ability on the European Circuit and it will take a top performance for Evans to break the Ukrainian’s stride. This is an important event for the Irish number one singles player as every point gained at this event will help to keep the Dubliner on course for London.
Irish number one Chloe Magee World ranked 42 meets Estonian Laura Vana. Chloe will need to be focused to beat Laura and knows that every match in the European Championship’s will be a tough test. Chloe will also take part in the mixed event with her brother Sam as they continue their quest for Olympic Qualification.
In the mixed Doubles Irish number ones Chloe and Sam Magee world ranked 39 will mostly likely meet the Russian combination of Sergey Lunev & Evgenia Dimova of Russia. Sam Magee has had some success at European level as he has previously won gold at U19 level. Sam and Chloe are currently on the reserve list for the Olympics and a good result at the Europeans could help them in their quest for qualification for the London games.
European Championships 2012 – Karskrona – 16/21 April.
Round of 64
Scott Evans (IRE) Vs Dmytro Zavadsky (UKR)
Round of 64
Chloe Magee (IRE) Vs Laura Vana (EST)
Some 50 participating countries are scheduled to be in Karkskrona for this event including 300 competitors, 30 international umpires and an estimated 10,000+ spectators. On the Scanian westcoast, between Malmö and Helsingborg. historic Landskrona has approximately 40 000 inhabitants who will welcome give a warm welcome to the large number of visitors to the city for this prestigious event.
SportsNewsIRELAND will bring you news of the Magees and Scott Evans throughout the competition..