Chloe Magee

Chloe Noelle Magee (born 29 November 1988) is an Irish professional badminton player. She represented her country at the Olympic Games for three consecutive times in 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro.[2] At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she became the first Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics. She has been described as "the poster girl for Irish badminton".[3] Together with her brother Sam Magee, she clinched a bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships, became Ireland's first medal at the European Badminton Championship.[4] The duo also captured the bronze medals at the 2015 and 2019 European Games.[5][6]

Chloe Magee
Personal information
Birth nameChloe Noelle Magee
Country Ireland
Born (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 32)
Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
CoachDaniel Magee
Women's singles & doubles
Tournaments played2008 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
Highest ranking32 (WS 22 May 2014)
59 (WD 21 January 2010)
21 (XD 6 August 2015)
Current ranking35 (XD 9 July 2019)



In 2007, Magee won the women's doubles title at the Irish International Championships in Lisburn. Competing alongside Bing Huang, the pair beat second seeds Eva Lee and Mesinee Mangkalakiri of the United States 21–15, 9–21, 21–11 in the final.[7]

2008 Summer OlympicsEdit

Magee competed for Ireland at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China at the age of 19. She became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics,[8] beating Estonian Kati Tolmoff by a score of 18–21, 21–18, 21–19 in the first round of the women's singles. She was eliminated after losing her second round match 12–21, 14–21 to world number eleven Jun Jae-youn of South Korea.[9] "I have loads to improve on and I will take away a lot from this," Magee said after the match.[8]


In 2009, Magee competed at the World Championships in Hyderabad, India, losing in the first round to Japanese number two Ai Goto by a score of 21–13, 21–9.[10]

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Magee, ranked 44th in the world, qualified for the women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the 26 ranked player on the list of participants. She was one of two Irish badminton players at the Games; Scott Evans competed in the men's singles.[11] Magee and her brother Sam, ranked 40th in the world as a pairing, were third reserves for the mixed doubles event.[12]

In July 2012, Magee reached the final of the White Nights pre-Olympic tournament held in Russia. She beat Slovakian Monika Fasungova, 21–17, 20–22, 21–5, in the quarter-finals and Russia's Romina Gabdullina, 21–15, 17–21, 21–15, in the semi-finals but finished runner-up after losing to Poland's Kamila Augustyn, 21–19, 14–21, 14–21, despite having a 10–6 lead in the final set.[13]

A slight schedule change led to Magee starting her 2012 Olympic campaign against Egypt's Hadia Hosny at 20.17 (29 July) and France's Hongyan Pi at 20.32 (30 July).[14]

Bill O'Herlihy sparked controversy while covering Chloe Magee's progress at the 2012 Summer Olympics by suggesting badminton was “a mainly Protestant sport”. RTÉ confirmed it received complaints about O'Herlihy's sectarian remarks on live television. The remarks prompted Magee to inform Highland Radio: "We need to remember what the Olympics is all about. I don't think it is any different from any other sport. There are people here from all over the world and from many different religions."[15]

She lost 16-21, 21-18, 21-14, to Hongyan Pi and exited the 2012 Summer Olympics.[16]

In December 2012, Magee reached the final of the Turkish Open.[17]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

In Rio,she lost the game to Chinese player Wang Yihan in Group P 7-21 and 12-21 and to Karin Schnaase by 14-21 and 19-21, placing third in her group.[18][19]


European GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Sam Magee   Chris Adcock
  Gabrielle Adcock
8–21, 18–21   Bronze
2015 Baku Sports Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan   Sam Magee   Gaetan Mittelheisser
  Audrey Fontaine
12–21, 21–23   Bronze

European ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark   Sam Magee   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
14–21, 10–21   Bronze

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 U.S. Open   Lili Zhou 21–23, 16–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Brasil Open   Sam Magee   Max Schwenger
  Carla Nelte
11–10, 11–10, 10–11, 8–11, 7–11   Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Hellas International   Linda Zechiri 13–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2012 Turkey International   Sashina Vignes Waran 21–18, 23–21   Winner
2012 Irish International   Line Kjaersfeldt 21–23, 21–18, 18–21   Runner-up
2012 White Nights   Kamila Augustyn 21–19, 14–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2011 Norwegian International   Linda Zetchiri 19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2011 Lithuanian International   Ragna Ingolfsdottir 21–11, 23–21   Winner
2010 Bulgarian International   Petya Nedelcheva 17–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2010 Dutch International   Karina Jørgensen 22–20, 14–21, 12–21   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Slovak Open   Bing Huang   Anna Narel
  Natalia Pocztowiak
21–8, 21–13   Winner
2007 Irish International   Bing Huang   Mesinee Mangkalakiri
  Eva Lee
21–15, 9–21, 21–11   Winner
2007 Welsh International   Bing Huang   Sarah Walker
  Samantha Ward
21–11, 21–14   Winner
2007 North Shore City International   Bing Huang   Catherine Moody
  Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc
21–15, 16–21, 21–15   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 White Nights   Sam Magee   Rodion Alimov
  Alina Davletova
16–21, 21–13, 16–21   Runner-up
2018 Irish Open   Sam Magee   Harley Towler
  Emily Westwood
21–13, 21–12   Winner
2017 Irish Open   Sam Magee   Gregory Mairs
  Jenny Moore
16–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2017 Spanish International   Sam Magee   Robin Tabeling
  Cheryl Seinen
21–11, 21–18   Winner
2015 White Nights   Sam Magee   Robert Mateusiak
  Nadieżda Zięba
21–18, 21–17   Winner
2014 Hellas International   Sam Magee   Blagovest Kisyov
  Dimitria Popstoikova
21–14, 21–10   Winner
2013 Dutch International   Sam Magee   Michael Fuchs
  Birgit Michels
14–21, 21–18, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Turkey International   Sam Magee   Fabian Roth
  Jennifer Karnott
21–10, 21–14   Winner
2011 Norwegian International   Sam Magee   Rasmus Bonde
  Maria Helsbol
21–17, 21–16   Winner
2011 Lithuanian International   Sam Magee   Wojciech Szkudlarczyk
  Agnieszka Wojtkowska
21–9, 15–21, 21–19   Winner
2011 Banuinvest International   Sam Magee   Roman Zirnwald
  Elisabeth Baldauf
21–12, 18–21, 21–18   Winner
2010 Spanish Open   Sam Magee   Peter Kasbauer
  Johanna Goliszewski
21–11, 21–9   Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament


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