Antrim Awaiting
Date: 6/13/2016 3:49 PM
Published by : Tania Teoh
The Irish Para-Badminton International 2016, to be held in the Antrim Forum is fast approaching. Players from across Europe, Asia and Pan Am will be attending as it is one of the major events on the para-badminton calendar. It is the second year of the Irish Para-Badminton International.

Para-badminton players, both men and women, compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Players are classified into six different “classes” to ensure fairness in competition. The Irish athletes competing in the event include Niall Mcveigh, Laura Lee Jenkins, Chris Stewart, Michael Smith, Andrew Moorcroft and Owen Casey.

Niall McVeigh at the 1st Irish Para-Badminton International, Dublin.

Niall Mcveigh (pic above) two time World Champion, European Champion and Irish Para-Badminton International gold medallist is looking forward to the event. "I am very much looking forward to playing in front of my home crowd and my family.  It will be a great honour for me.”

Niall is the current holder of the gold medal in the SS 6 class at the event and looks to retain his title this year. After the Irish players took five medals at last year’s inaugural Irish Para-Badminton International, expectations will be high to secure medals this year.

Niall won his first European title at 17 years old and understands what a great opportunity the sport provides the players. “It is a great opportunity for all para athletes - an equal battlefield for all.  If you put your mind to it, it gives you the best possible chance to accomplish your dreams.”added Niall.

Players at the 1st Irish Para-Badminton International, Dublin.

The tournament will be held from the 22nd June - 26th June with 152 entries across the various categories it promises to be an exciting week. The organisers are still seeking volunteers to assist at the event, if you are interested in helping out in one of Europe's biggest para-badminton events, then contact the team at the following email:

To view the tournament entry list, click here.

To view Badminton Ireland´s website, click here.

Article and photos by Badminton Ireland.
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