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Last Updated: Saturday January 14 2006 08:25 GMT

Aiming for the Olympics!

Sinead

Sinead is a champion badminton player and is about to represent Ireland in the Under-19s European Championships in Slovakia.

In her report Sinead tells what she enjoys about her favourite sport.

"I've been playing badminton for seven years.

It's thought more people in the world play badminton than any other sport apart from football.

Badminton is officially the fastest racquet sport in the world. A shuttlecock can go as fast as 200 mph.

And in the average game you can run as far as two miles!

I like badminton because it keeps you fit and it's good exercise.

And I like the competitive side of it.

Win rallies

The object of the game is to get as many points as you can by beating your opponent in the rallies.

Sinead in action
Sinead in action
There are lots of different shots to master: a drop shot is where the shuttle is just dropped over the net; a clear shot is a fast overhead shot to the back of the court and a smash is a steep fast shot which is hard for your opponent to hit back.

Senior team

The best thing in my career so far is becoming under-13 Irish singles, doubles, and mixed doubles champion.

My ambition is to be selected for the Irish senior team in the next couple of years.

This would mean I would be selected to play in the Olympics."

Sinead, 13, Lisburn, Northern Ireland


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