Interview: Scott Evans
Position: Badminton Ireland’s Number 1 Men’s Singles Badminton Player
How long have you been playing Badminton/ How did you become a Professional Badminton Player?
I am a 24 year old professional badminton player currently ranked 42 in the world and Ireland’s number one ranked singles player. I started playing badminton at the age of 4 because my Mum and Dad both played and my Dad owns a sports shop in the badminton center in Dublin. My older brother and I played badminton every chance we got from a young age. I played a lot of different sports when I was a kid, but at the age of 16 I decided I wanted to become a professional badminton player. I started to train full-time in Dublin which meant waking up at 5 every morning to go training before school. After a while I stopped going to school as it was becoming too difficult to do both. When I was 17 I decided to move to Denmark and pursue my career as a professional where I am still based today.
What is your day to day / week to week schedule and responsibilities like?
My day-to-day schedule consists of two training sessions a day, either badminton or fitness or a combination of both. Monday to Saturday I will have badminton training from 9.00 to 11.30. Tuesday and Thursday evenings I will have a second badminton session and Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will be either running/biking or doing weights.
My week-to-week schedule is only really the same when I have a long training period, otherwise I will be traveling 2-3 times a month to different tournaments around Europe. Between September and February I also play a lot of team matches for my club Gentofte BC here in Copenhagen in the best league in Denmark.
What are your expectations for 2012 including the Olympics?
My expectations for 2012 are to improve my level and start getting good consistent results in the tournaments. I will have all my focus on my training to improve my physical levels and improving my game mentally and tactically. My goals for the Olympics will be to put all my energy and focus into my training so I am 150% ready and confidant going into the tournament which will be my second Olympics after Beijing 2008.
Have you seen Badminton grow in Ireland over the last few years? Are there plans in place for it to grow further?
Badminton in Ireland is growing every year and it’s fantastic to see. Badminton Ireland are working hard to increase participation in the game and also to improve the levels of coaching in Ireland in order to develop their skills and attributes to get the best out of the children. I would recommend playing badminton because it is the fastest racket sport in the world, which not many people realize. It’s a fun game to play in which you need a lot of different skills to be successful. If you are just interested in playing for fun it is also a fantastic way to get in great shape and to stay fit.
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