The entries for the Ulster C Grade, U13 and U17 are now Open!
A reminder due to the new age regulations for the 2017/18 season players in U13 must be born in 2006 or later and Players in U17 must be born in 2002 or later.
Online entries will close on 3rd September at 23:59. Follow the links below for online Entries:
C Grade- Entry
We are looking forward to a big entry to support our provincial tournaments. If you require any further information please contact the Ulster Badminton Office.
Ulster Badminton are pleased to have appointed Andrew Stewart as the Northern Ireland Badminton Commonwealth Games coach for the upcoming Games in April 2018.
Ulster Badminton Chairman
The opportunity for this new position within the Branch comes after a successful 2017-2021 funding application to Sport Northern Ireland within Effective Organisations. The role will focus on driving specific areas within the 2017-21 Ulster Badminton Strategy.
We are pleased to announce that Andrew Stewart has joined the Ulster Badminton staff on the 3rd July in a newly created Role as a part time Business Development Officer.
We wish him all the best in this new role.
Medal Winners Niall McVeigh, Laura Lee Jenkins & Emma Farnham
Niall McVeigh, Laura Lee Jenkins and Emma Farnham came away from the Irish Para International with 3 Bronze medals across 3 disciplines.
Lauran Lee Jenkins tasted medal success in the Wheelchair Women’s doubles playing alongside Scotlands Fiona Christie coming through their group in 2nd place, setting up a Semi final against the Switzerland pair Mathez/Suter-Erath, it proved a tough match for the Irish/Scot pair losing out winning 21-13 21-14, but secured a bronze medal.
The next of the Irish medals came from Emma Farnham who won a bronze in the women’s singles short stature class. This category was played as a round robin where Emma put in some great performances to place third in the group after some tough games.
Former SS6 World and European Niall McVeigh came through his Singles group in 2nd place and set up a quarter final against Englands Andrew Martin. It was an extremely close match of high quality with Niall taking the 3rd set 23-21. The semi final also proved a very entertaining match with Niall up against current European champion Krysten Combs from England. After winning a close first set,21-19, Krysten went onto to take the 2nd set 21-10, with Niall settling for a bronze medal.
For full results follow this link 2017 Irish Para International Results
Well done to Badminton Ireland for putting on a great event in the new sport Ireland Indoor Arena.
For the upcoming 2017-18 season there will be a major change to all Irish Under age tournaments.
Please follow the link below for a full update and information:
BI Age Group Changes
SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND
22 June 2017
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The Irish Para Badminton International is being held this week from Thursday the 22nd to Sunday the 25th June, at the National Indoor Arena, Dublin.
This is one of the best events of the year with players from 28 countries participating. Thailand, Singapore, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Peru and England to name but a few.
If anyone is interested in volunteering at the event can you please contact BI Events Officer Gregg Farrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) There is still a need for more volunteers, especially Line Judges. Even if it’s only for a few hours.
The hours needed are:
Thursday & Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday 10am- 6pm
Sunday 10am-2pm (Finals Day)
Congratulations to Ciaran and Sinead Chambers of Ulster, as they took the Lithuania International mixed doubles title. After a solid win in their first round match, they followed it up by knocking out the number three seeds Christensen/Syvertsen from Norway.
After comfortably winning their quarter final match they then had two close three-game matches in the semi-final and final stages of the tournament. The final against the Czech Republic pair of Budzel/Švábíková went down to the wire, with Ciaran and Sinead winning the match in three games 17-21 21-18 21-18.
There was also a good results in the women’s doubles where Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle made it to the semi-final stages of the competition.
The NICGC Board has provisionally allocated badminton two places and one coach for potential selection to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast from the 4-15th April.
The Nomination Policy found here (2018 CWG Nomination Policy), has been overseen by the High Performance Officer of whom is no longer in place from the 1st May.
Ulster Badminton require a coach for the Northern Ireland players, the Recce visit (end of October/November 2017), the Games preparation period (January 2018 onwards), the team weekend (17-18th February 2018) and attendance at the Games on the above date. It is also likely that travel to the Games would be expected from the 26th March 2018.
Ulster will play in Division One of the English Inter County League next season after the completion of the final series of matches. Player Coach Conor Hickland said,” We were clear winners of Division Two North and had our strongest team out for the final ties.” Four members of the team, Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson were part of the Northern Ireland team which achieved Badminton’s best ever results in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and also included were three of Ireland’s best Under -19 players, Beth Stephenson and twin sisters Rachael and Rebecca Woods. I have been with the team from we started down in Division Five in the 2011-2012 season and a big squad of Ulster players have made a great contribution to the annual promotion path to Division One.
William Martin, President of the Ulster Branch said, “ Great credit must go to all the players who played their part in Ulster’s successful return to the top. It is a major commitment by the Branch and I would like to thank our sponsors Walsin for their valuable support. In turn, Walsin Director Neil Walker said”, Walsin Ltd are delighted to contribute to the Ulster Senior Team’s triumphant year. We have had a successful partnership with Ulster Badminton for two years and we want to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck for the 2017/18 season”.”
Photo; Left to right Back Row: Ciaran Chambers, Tony Murphy, Stuart Lightbody, Conor Hickland, Tony Stephenson. Left to right Front Row: Sinead Chambers, Rachael Woods, Rebecca Woods, Beth Stephenson.