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Irish teen sensation in the running for European badminton young player of the year

Nhat Nguyen and four others have been recognised by the sport’s governing body.

Nhat Nguyen has enjoyed a phenomenal past 12 months.
Nhat Nguyen has enjoyed a phenomenal past 12 months.
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IRISH BADMINTON STAR Nhat Nguyen has been nominated for the prestigious Badminton Europe Young Player of the Year award.

The 16-year-old, who left Vietnam for Dublin with his family as a child, has enjoyed a fantastic 12 months in the sport.

Nhat announced himself to the sport at large, as a name to watch out for, when he won the U17 European Championships earlier this season to the surprise of many.

In addition, the talented teenager prevailed in the Irish Senior Nationals for the second time last weekend, as well as enjoying success in the Portuguese Junior Internationals previously.

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Speaking to The42 last May about his surprise European triumph, Nhat said: “I had competed with a few of the top guys before, a few of the top French guys. And I had close wins against them.

“Some people knew me there but most of them didn’t. It was kind of a good thing.

The first day was the team event and we played France. I played the French number one and he was the favourite for the tournament. I beat him and people started recognising me, I got a bit of confidence after that.”

Details on how to vote in the competition can be found here.

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