“I’m not the type of guy that likes to do something when I’m not 110% up for it”.
These are the words of professional badminton player Scott Evans following his recent retirement from the sport. To listen to the interview in full click here:
Evans who has been a pro for fifteen years is a three time Olympian and Irish Open winner and he has shared the reason behind his decision to retire aged thirty.
“I’ve been training professionally for the last fifteen years and I have lost the desire to train full time on a daily basis.”
“After Rio (2016 Olympics) I took a bit of time off, which I’ve never done at all before. Trying to get back into it after, my desire hasn’t been there.”
“I think it’s the right time now for me to step back.”
Scott’s long decorated career has seen him take part in many tournaments across many different countries and continents. The Dublin man gave what he considered to be the highlights of his career.
“I won the Irish Open in 2012; I was the first Irish person to win in forty years or so.”
“The Olympics for badminton players is by far the biggest tournament you can compete in.”
“These two tournaments will stay with me forever.”
Evan’s has been a professional badminton player since the age of fifteen and now that he has retired he has his eyes firmly set on what he wants to do next.
“The future will still be in badminton for me.”
“The last couple of years I’ve been doing a bit of coaching and really found I enjoy it a lot.”
“I’m going to be a head coach at a former club of mine and setting up an academy for badminton players to come from all over the world to get professional training.”
Also on this morning’s show were Dublin hurling boss Pat Gilroy following his sides defeat away to Limerick, Leo Cullen and James Lowe discuss their impressive Pro 14 win against the Scarlets, Joe Schmidt Shane Byrne and Devon Toner look ahead to their upcoming 6 nations game against Wales next week and we had the return of the League Of Ireland. Bohemians manager Keith Long, Shamrock Rovers head coach Stephen Bradley and St. Pats boss Liam Buckley review the opening weekends results. You can listen to the show in full below.
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