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Magee mission

Chloe Magee
Chloe Magee has landed a tough first-round opponent

Donegal girl Chloe Magee says she is just aiming to do her best when she competes in badminton at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The 19-year-old told the BBC that she has prepared well for the tournament and that "it would be a bonus to get through a few rounds".

"The draw is pretty much pot luck and I am putting no pressure on myself.

"I set out my goals with my coach two years ago and my main goal was always to go to Beijing.

"It feels really good to have achieved that goal," said Chloe.

The teenager began playing the sport in her local church hall, a venue she describes as "an ordinary place with little heat and wooden floors but somewhere I thought I could beat anyone".

"My dad taught me everything I know and I have him to thank for everything I have achieved.

"He has made me the player I am, took me everywhere I needed to go and gave me every chance that I have had.

"My parents are both over the moon and although badminton is a small sport in Ireland, everyone supports each other and I'm really excited."

Chloe said she found it difficult to travel abroad to tournaments at first but now "treats it as an adventure".

"I have been able to see a lot of different countries through playing badminton and some of the experiences I have had are unreal.

"Badminton is China's national sport so there will be thousands of people watching the matches in Beijing which may make it a bit nerve-wracking.

"The atmosphere will be really special, especially when there are Chinese players playing in front of the Chinese crowd."

Magee will take on Estonia's Katie Tolmoff, who is ranked 46th in the world, 28 places above the Irish number one, in the first round.

see also
Magee handed tough Olympic draw
26 Jul 08 |  Badminton
Magee earns a place at Olympics
21 May 08 |  Badminton
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Laws of Badminton
24 Aug 05 |  Badminton

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