About Scott Evans - Ireland's number 1 Men's singles badminton player
Scott Evans is Ireland's number 1 Men's singles badminton player and became the first Irishman ever to compete at Olympic level at the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008.
Scott has represented Ireland at all levels and his biggest achivement to date was playing in the Denmark Super Series 2007 where he took his place amongst the worlds top 32 shuttlers after beating three players inside the world's top 25 along the way. A first for an Irish Badminton Player.
Scott was also the beaten finalist in the Croatian Open 2007 and the Irish International 2008. Scott was the first Irish player to achieve a quarter finals in the European Championships 2008 where he lost out to eventual winner and world number 5 Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark.
Scott is currently living and training in Denmark under the watchfull eye of former Danish great and world No 1 Jim Laugesen. Scott currently plays for Gentofte BC in the Danish Premier League.
I was born on 26th September 1987 in Holles Street Hospital in Dublin. From the time I arrived, I am reliably informed, I had an abundance of energy and slept very little :-)
I started playschool aged 2 and continued into Taney National School at the age of 4. Here, I was not considered a shy child, nor was I interested in sitting still for very long! I used my extensive energies in playing football and hockey.
At this time, I also started playing badminton with my brother Lee, who was a great inspiration to me with my game. From then on i filled my days with sport and not a lot of school work so from a young age i new that my future would be in sport.
I moved to Wesley when I was 12 and here continued with badminton, hockey and to a lesser extent at this stage football.
Eventually, when trials for Irish U16 hockey and weekend badminton tournaments became too much, I had to make my choice and go with one sport – badminton was the one.
I had won the Leinster U19 Open at the age of 14 and my 1st Senior Singles title at the age of 17. From that point on i felt that badminton was the way I wanted to go and I new that if I wanted to take it to the next level I would have to move away from Ireland as Ireland was not a possibility to train full-time. I soon got my first internation cap for ireland playing in the Thomas Cup in Greece at the age of 17. To date I have 36 caps for my country.In January 2005 I moved to Copenhagen in Denmark, and this was hard at 1st as I missed my family and friends and had to make a complete new life for myself in a new country.
I played for a time with Greve BC under the guidance of Michael Kjeldsen, and then moved to Gentofte BC, where I am based today under the guidance of my Coach Jim Laugesen. In August 2008, I represented Ireland in the Olympics in Beijing. I was the 1st Irish male to gain a place in the Olympics. So far in my career I have beaten quite a few players inside the top 15 in the world.
- Current World Ranking - 23
- Current European Circuit Ranking - 44
- Irish Open - Winner
- Irish National Badminton Champs -Winner
- Bitburger Grand Prix Gold - Quarter Final
- Dutch Open Grand Prix - Quarter Final
- White Nights Russia - Quarter Final
- Portugal Open - Semi Final
- Czech Open 2010 - Final
- Qualified for Circuit Finals 2010
- European Champs 2010 - Quarter Final
- Velo Dutch Open 2010 - Runner-up
- Romanian Open 2010 - Runner-up
- Scottish Open 2009 - Semi Final
- Norwegian Open 2009 - Quarter Final
- Czech Open 2009 - Semi Final