Chloe Magee recognised for holding the All-Time record for most National Badminton Titles

Chloe Magee recognised for holding the All-Time record for most National Badminton Titles

Badminton Ireland has officially recognised Chloe Magee for holding the All-Time record for National Titles won. Chloe achieved this with National titles in both the Women’s Doubles & Mixed Doubles at the 2020 Nationals at the National Indoor Arena.

Chloe’s first National titles came in 2007 when she won the Women’s Singles & Women’s Doubles with Karen Bing. Throughout her career Chloe has won 10 Women’s singles, 4 Women’s Doubles and 12 Mixed Doubles National titles.

In 2019 Chloe Magee & Sam Magee broke the record for most National Titles won as a pair with 11 National Titles, breaking the record previously held Yvonne Kelly & Mary Bryan. Chloe & Sam have since extended that record with their 12th National win as a pair in 2020. This 12th Mixed Doubles National title tied Yvonne Kelly’s record of 12 National titles in an event which has been held since 1972.

Chloe Magee is a three time Olympian and is currently fighting for an Olympic qualification spot in Tokyo 2020 with her brother Sam Magee in the Mixed Doubles.

Chloe, who has featured as a 20×20 International Sports Woman of the Week on the Federation’s channels before is a fantastic representative of all that the 20×20 movement encapsulates. Chloe is a sporting hero #CantSeeCantBe

Both the Federation of Irish Sport and Badminton Ireland would like to congratulate Chloe Magee on this piece of history.

20 Questions with Sophie Earley

20 Questions with Sophie Earley

20×20 Questions with Sophie Earley

 

1. What’s your first memory of sport as a child?

I can remember being a very sport girl and enjoyed any sport that I did.

2. How did you first become involved in sport?

I think my brothers were the main reason I got involved in sport. I would see them playing any sport and immediately that would make me want to play.

3. What sports did you try as a child?

When I was around the age of four or five I enjoyed playing football and gymnastics, but when I was six I started playing table tennis.

4. What decided you to settle on your chosen sport?

I chose table tennis because I enjoyed it the most and because it was on the same day as gymnastics, so I had to choose one to play on a Saturday.

5. Who has had the most impact on your sporting career?

My brothers definitely have had a huge impact on my career as they help me with various things in my game and give me immense support.

6. What female do you most admire in the world of sport?

My favourite female sports star is Gabby Douglas who is an American gymnast

7. Outside of sport what do you do in your leisure time?

I enjoy watching movies in my spare time and going out with my brothers into town.

8. What is the last movie you went to see? What is your favourite movie of all time?

The last movie I went to see was Toy Story 4 and my favourite movie of all time is Pitch Perfect.

9. What music do you listen to?

I listen to anything that seems to be popular, but my favourite artist is Hailee Steinfeld.

10. Are you a reading fan? If so what are you currently reading?

I do enjoy reading and I am currently reading ‘It only happens in the movies’.

11. Do you follow any sports stars on social media? If so who?

I follow Nile Wilson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Tom Daley and Gabby Douglas on Instagram.

12. Forget about your sporting diet for a moment? Your favourite meal when you breakout?

My favourite food outside of my sporting diet would be pizza.

13. Who do you most admire in your own sport?

I admire Swedish player Truls Moregard most in my sport.

14. Do you have a special ritual before competing?

I would say that in some matches I would foam roll and others I would listen to music and warm up.

15. Do you still play other sports for fun?

Unfortunately, I can’t risk getting injured, so I don’t play other sports.

16. What advice would you give to young girls & boys to encourage them to participate in sport?

I would say that they will gain a lot of life skills and will make plenty of friends. Sport will also give youngsters a lot of confidence and will build their self-esteem.

17. What has been your biggest sporting achievement?

My biggest sporting achievement would be defeating the European Under 15 number 1, Elena Zaharia, and the number 2, Vlada Voroning.

18. How do you cope with (a) injuries; (b) other setbacks?

For injuries, I would attend regular physio sessions and would try rest as much as possible. Resistance bands are good for injuries involving your arm or shoulder. For other setbacks, it makes me even more determined to improve from there.

19. What do your family make of your success?

My family are extremely proud of what I achieved and hope I will continue to improve and achieve big results. My mum and dad flew over to Poland when I was playing the World Cadet Challenge and they witnessed me taking out the European number 1 and 2. Before that my dad had never seen me play abroad so it’s nice he got to see that.

20. What does sport mean to you?

I believe that participating in sport is a great way to escape the stress of school or work and make friends along the way. I feel so lively and energetic when I am playing it. The release of adrenaline and the sense of achievement you get when you reach a goal is what motivates you to keep going and so even better. The amount of life skills I have learnt through my career is crazy. Having the sense of leadership in a team, time management, handing pressure, being able to learn from a setback and respect are very important not only in sport but in real life. Sport is like a magnet, you can’t get away from it.

International Sportswomen of the Week

International Sportswomen of the Week

This week our International Award 20×20 Women in Sport goes to the Irish Times who this Friday along with their partners Sport Ireland,
will announce their Sportswoman of the Year Award. The scheme which has been running since 2004 has been paying tribute to Ireland’s
female sporting stars on a monthly basis for all those years. The first overall winner was Cathy Gannon. The brainchild of sports is editor Malachy Logan. The scheme is run for the paper by  Mary Hannigan, who earlier this year was honoured with the Journalist of the Year Award in the Federation’s own Business of Sport awards. Reflecting another great year for Ireland’s sporting women the monthly winners in line for the overall title are Mona McSharry ( swimming),; Phil Healy ( athletics ) ; Ciara Mageean ( athletics) ; Rachel Blackmore ( horseracing ) ; Leona Maguire ( golf );Jenny Egan (canoeing ) ; Katie Taylor ( boxing ) ; Rhasidat Adeleke ( athletics ) ; Kate O’Connor ( athletics ) ;Sanita Puspure ( rowing) ; Niamh Kilkenny ( camogie ); Lyndsey Davey ( ladies football ) ; and Denise O’Sullivan ( soccer ) . We wish then all well and commend the Irish Times for their long term commitment to highlighting the best of women in sport in Ireland.

International Sportswoman of the Week

International Sportswoman of the Week

Our International 20×20 Women in Sport Award this week goes to Chloe McGee and her brother Sam who in January will be off travelling the world again in pursuit of a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

Last weekend their contribution to the sport of badminton in Ireland was deservedly recognised at the annual Badminton Ireland Awards in Dublin where they received the award for Players of the Year. And what a year it was as they traveled far and wide to win vital points in their quest for Olympic qualification. During the year they were in Germany, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, China, Korea, Holland, Switzerland, Thailand and England. And it is back on the road again in January in that search for points. Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are their first stops in 2020.

The competition is fierce with only 16 spots available worldwide for the Mixed Doubles. Currently they are third reserve for Europe so more points, and huge dedication, are needed. Chloe is of course a already a triple Olympian having competed in the Games in Beijing, London and Rio. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics.

The pair have represented Ireland for a number of years with great distinction – including a bronze medal in the inaugural European Games in 2015.

International 20×20 Women in Sport Award

International 20×20 Women in Sport Award

Our International 20×20 Women in Sport Award this week recognises the work of the LPGA who have just released their plans for the 2020 LPGA Tour schedule. It’s going to be fantastic year for the world’s top female professional who will play for prize money of $75.1 MILLION during the year. Indicative of the increasing importance of the Tour it will feature five tournaments with prize money more than $2 million. The largest purse will be at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with $4.3 million on offer – up $450,000 from 2019. There will also be increased television coverage all year with 500 hours of global television coverage including at least seven events being aired on network TV. The Tour will be broadcast in more than 175 countries and will be beamed into 500 million households. And the good news for Ireland is that for the first time ever there will be two Irish players playing in this, the most prestigious platform for women’s golf worldwide. Stephanie Meadows and Leona Maguire, two of our 20×20 ambassadors, are of course full members of the Tour in 2020 with playing rights for all 33 tournaments – across 11 countries –  that make up the Tour schedule. The LPGA deserves huge credit for the way it continues to grow the Tour year on year. By creating ever more visibility for the sport it most definitely is encouraging more girls and women all over the world to take up the sport of golf.

20 Questions with Stephanie Meadow

20 Questions with Stephanie Meadow

20×20 Questions with Stephanie Meadow

1. What’s your first memory of sport as a child?

Hitting balls with my dad at Ballyearl driving range when I was probably 5 or 6 years old.

2. How did you first become involved in sport?

My dad was a golfer and brought me along. I immediately become hooked and starting playing with him.

3. What sports did you try as a child?

Hockey, horse-riding, golf and swimming.

4. What decided you to settle on your chosen sport?

I loved it more than the other sports. I actually fell off the horse and realised that golf was really what I wanted to do. Ever since then I had my heart set on turning pro and making it my career.

5. Who has had the most impact on your sporting career?

My parents. They sacrificed so much for me while I was growing up and I know I would be nowhere near where I am today without them.

6. What female do you most admire in the world of sport?

Annika Sorenstam. She is by far the greatest LPGA golfer of all time. I admire her determination, grit and fire.

7. Outside of sport what do you do in your leisure time?

Cook, spinning, hang out with my family and friends. We travel so much with our sport that when we our home we really just enjoy doing normal things. Being in your house, going to grocery store, having a family dinner. For a lot of people these are normal but not for us as we travel 30 + weeks a year.

8. What is the last movie you went to see? What is your favourite movie of all time?

The last movie I saw was a long time ago. I actually watch a lot of my movies on the plane. I love Sandra Bullock so really any movie with her in it is great!

9. What music do you listen to?

A little bit of everything depending on what I’m doing. Anything from Hip Hop to electronic to old school.

10. Are you a reading fan? If so what are you currently reading?

I read a little bit when I travel but not a whole lot. I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain.

11. Do you follow any sports stars on social media? If so who?

I follow lots of other sports stars. I admire anyone who has the work ethic and talent to be at the top of their sport. Lindsey Vonn, Serena Williams and loads of others.

12. Forget about your sporting diet for a moment? Your favourite meal when you breakout?

Any kind of Pasta and a really good chocolate desert!

13. Who do you most admire in your own sport?

Annika Sorenstam

14. Do you have a special ritual before competing? 

I always use one of three balls markers and always mark my ball with a pink clover.

15. Do you still play other sports for fun?

Not really

16. What advice would you give to young girls & boys to encourage them to participate in sport?

Sport is an unbelievably powerful thing and you don’t have to be the best to reap the rewards. No matter what sport you choose it will teach you so many things. You learn discipline, respect, confidence, time-management, failure, success, teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. Sport is about so much more than “being good at it”. Give it a go and make friends while your at it.

17. What has been your biggest sporting achievement?

Representing Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There is nothing quite like representing your country at the highest level.

18. How do you cope with (a) injuries; (b) other setbacks?

Injuries and set backs are inevitable in sport. You have to set out a plan and drive forward to overcome the obstacles. I think that understanding that things might not turn around right away is key. Anything worth working for takes time and we have to remember that.

19. What do your family make of your success?

I know they are very proud of me but I’m still just Steph (one of the fam)

20. What does sport mean to you?

Everything. Like I said before it has taught me so many things, given me so many friends and allowed me to see so many places.

 

Check out the 20×20 Women in Sport Calendar for upcoming fixtures

https://20×20.ie/event-calendar/