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Scott Evans, the 18 year-old Dublin badminton star, has been awarded a Beijing Olympic Scholarship by the Olympic Council of Ireland. Scott is Ireland’s highest ranked badminton player with a current world ranking of 76. He intends using the scholarship to continue training full-time in Denmark with the objective of reaching a top 50 ranking in the coming year – a position that would gain him Olympic qualification.

Stephen Martin, Chief Executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland, said that the OCI had identified Scott as a prime prospect for the Irish Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Games. “Through the Olympic Solidarity scheme we are happy to be able to provide Scott with the first Beijing Olympic Scholarship to be granted in Ireland. Through this grant Scott can access high-level specialised training and coaching in Denmark, a country where badminton is virtually the national sport. The scholarship will also help him participate in Olympic qualifying events and provide regular medical and scientific monitoring”.

Scott hails from Dundrum and plays with the Ailesbury Badminton Club based in Terenure College, Dublin. He is also a full-time professional in the Danish Premier Badminton League and will represent Ireland in the World Championships in Spain in September.

Stephen Martin (right) presented the Beijing Olympic Scholarship to Scott at the OCI headquarters in Howth prior to Scott’s departure to Denmark for renewed coaching and training.
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Written By: Leanne Cullen
Date Posted: 8/1/2006
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