Chloe and Sam Magee were back where it all began for them today, in the Raphoe Recreation Hall, just over a week after winning a European bronze medal.
The Magee siblings won bronze at the 2017 European Championships in Denmark to capture Ireland’s first medal at this level.
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The Raphoe duo made history with a stunning 22-20 17-21 21-12 win over former European champions Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba of Poland in a quarter-final.
“It put something down to define our career,” Sam Magee said.
“We’re so happy to get it. I thought we had a chance, but to get it now pays off all the support that we’ve had. We’ve had a lot of support. This is the only way that we can build the profile of the sport.”
The Magees were beaten by Danish number 1 seeds and defending European Champions Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 21-14 21-10 at the Sydbank Arena in Kolding in the semis.
Chloe Magee competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio – she is Donegal’s only three-time Olympian – but has parked her singles career to pursue the mixed doubles partnership with Sam.
She said: “We’re working hard and now we’re getting the rewards. We’ve been playing well recently. We knew that the form was good going there – but we had to put it down on paper. I’ve always wanted a European medal to show that I’m up there with the best in Europe.”
Listen to the full interview below …