Life Membership awarded September 2017
Robert's playing career started in 1978 when he and his wife were
invited to play social badminton at the YMCA in Moonah. He had not
held a racquet before this.
Robert had been rowing, sailing, played
football and basketball but never badminton. From that humble beginning
he was hooked on the sport.
played for the AYC for many years and during that time he was variously
Roster Secretary, Treasurer, representative on the board of National
Fitness Southern Recreation Assn (NFSRA), Executive member of NFSRA,
and President AYC Badminton.
Robert stated playing in the STBA
roster in about 1995. His daughter, Allison, started in the
Saturday Juniors in 1997 and soon afterwards Robert (along with
Peter Castle), started organising and running the junior competition.
He continued to assist with the junior roster until 2008.
2010 Robert joined the STBA Management Committee. He again served on
the committee in 2011 and then in 2012 he was elected to the position
of STBA Vice President.
In the following year he was elevated to
STBA president. He continued in that role for at least the next 5
years, (he is still President as at the date of this writing).
has conducted a weekly Come & Try Session for the past 6(?) years,
and has run a weekly coaching session over a similar period.
Robert is a Level 3 Umpire (attained in 2014), a Level 2 Referee (attained in 2016) and a Nationally Accredited Coach.
He is an accredited Court Official for state and national level events,
He has fulfilled the role of Event Director for the Clendinnen Shield and the June Bevan U17 national carnivals.
has represented the STBA either as delegate or President of the
Tasmanian Badminton Assn (TBA) over many years and is currently both
President and iterim Secretary of that state body.
Along with with other delegates from various regions of Tasmania he has been instrumental in the reorganization of the TBA.
He has also served as Tasmanian delegate to the National body, Badminton Australia.
On the court Robert plays in various state level
tournaments, Veterans Carnivals and Masters Games events, including the World
Masters Games, Melbourne in 2002, Sydney in 2009, and Auckland in 2017.
In the STBA pennant roster this is his 21st consecutive year.
Robert said that he has got a lot out of the sport of badminton and thus he is happy to put something back in.
He has certainly done that and richly deserves his award of Life Membership of the STBA.
Life Membership awarded September
Alan started playing badminton in the South Hobart centre in 1963, the
same year that the centre was opened. He says that he has
in the hall in every year since, making a total of 55 years - so
In his early years Alan played for the Tasmanian University Badminton
Club (TUBC) which was affiliated with the STBA and contributed
teams in most divisions.
In 1968 Alan was made an Honorary Member of the TUBC. He was
also President of that club for 4 years.
In 1974 Alan captained a Tasmanian University team which played in an
"IV" competition in Adelaide.
From 1987 to 1992 Alan assisted Warren Walker (and others) with the
running of the Saturday Juniors, (mainly designing score sheets and
doing the team photos).
From 1990 to 2015 (25 years) Alan assisted with the running and
organising of the Hobart Veterans carnivals. For the first 10 years of
that period Alan, along with Warren Walker, was one of the main
organisers, and later he contributed to the computer side of the
Alan has had 2 periods of service on the STBA Committee;
one from 1990 to 1993 and the second one from 2011 to the
During the first period he was STBA Assistant Secretary and also a
delegate to the Tasmanian Badminton Association, attending many
meetings in Launceston usually alongside Harry Thompson and/or Barbara
During the second period he again acted as Assistant Secretary for before becoming Treasurer for 3 years and
Webmaster for 6 years.
As Treasurer he introduced streamlined accounting procedures, methods
of payment and the use of the CBA "tokens" which overtook the old
fashioned signing of cheques.
He also changed over to an on-line accounting system with direct
connection to bank transactions.
As Webmaster he recognised the need for a better and more useful
website to enable all players access to up-to-date information about
rosters, the history of the club, calendar of events,
emergency contacts, latest news, entry forms, roster results, etc.
The website has now become a useful resource not just for STBA players
but for people from outside our club as well.
Over the years Alan has made many contributions to maintenance
and improvements to the STBA Centre.
For instance he
On the court
- Designed (with input from his business partner) the mobile
towers which have enabled easy and safe maintenance
of the fluorescent lights in the centre (1991).
- Specified and supervised the installation of a PA system in
the centre and in the social hall (Oct 2000).
- Designed, manufactured and maintained the scoring units for
the umpire's chairs (2006),
- Researched the reason for persistent leaks in the roof and
arranged for significant roof repairs (2011),
- Arranged for council approvals, organised the manufacture
of, and the installation of the "action silhouettes" at the
entrance to the building (October 2013),
- Researched re optimum reflectance values for wall paints
and organised the painting of the internal walls of the centre.
- Helped with revision of the club constitution (September
- Researched what was needed to improve lighting in the
Centre, imported the high bay lights from China and supervised their
Alan has played in the
STBA pennant roster for 55 years missing only an
odd roster season but has played in every calendar year over that
He has also played in the AYC competition, the Huon
competition, the Triangular series, various tournaments such as the
City of Hobart, Divisional Championships, the Hobart Veterans
competition (24 years), all of the Tasmanian Masters Games (1989, 1991,
1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, and 2008), the Australian Masters Games 5
times (1987, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2017), and the World Masters Games 4
times (1994, 2002, 2009 and 2017).
In 2014 Alan received the Ann
Bailey Perpetual Trophy
for longevity in, and service to,
the sport of Badminton (see photo).
Alan is currently (November 2017) a member of the STBA Management
Committee and intends to keep playing and contributing as long as
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Life Membership awarded 2015
has been a member, and played in the local roster, of the STBA since
1987; about 28
He started out in the Saturday afternoon and schools
roster and then progressed to the STBA night roster where he has played
continuously for 25 years. Up until last year he ran the Division One
roster (in conjunction predominantly with Greg Meaghan and the late Jim
Don) for a period of 15 years. Matt has won 10 Division One Winter
has been selected to represent, and played for, the Tasmanian State
Team at the Australian National Championships over 21 years with three
years at the junior level and 18 years at the Open level.
period he Captained Tasmania over five years.
Matt has won over 60
Tasmanian State Open titles, including 49 Men's Doubles titles, nine
Tasmanian Championship titles and 13 STBA Invitational titles.
Interstate he has won a South Australian Open title and two
Grade titles. Matt is a member of the Tasmanian Team of the Decade for
the period from 2000 to 2009 and a member of the Turner Wylie Club
having represented Tasmania at the highest level in 18 Australian
has competed in 19 Australian National Championships, which
incorporates the Ede Clendinnen Shield Team Event. He won
medal in the team event in 2015 and made two semi-finals of the
individual event in prior years.
Matt coached STBA players over a
period of nine years, coaching two athletes into Australian Junior
teams and one athlete to the World Junior Championships.
three Tasmanian State U17 Teams and three Tasmanian State U19 Teams
during this period – one of the Tasmanian State U19 Teams finished
second in Australia with seven top 10 Australian rankings (including a
player ranked number one in Australia).
Matt was instrumental in the
introduction of the STBA's very own team (the Southern Sharks) in the
U17 Australasian Championships. One of his proudest moments as a coach
was coaching the first ever Southern Sharks team in Auckland, New
He also, in conjunction with Adele, established the Elizabeth
College Athlete Development Badminton Program for STBA junior players.
At a National level Matt has coached two Australian junior
to a gold medal in the Pan Pacific Championships against Singapore and
another to a silver medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
served as a member of the Committee of Management of the STBA for 15
years up until the recent birth of his son Clancy.
During this period
he served as Vice President of the STBA for two years under President
Bob Grundy and was an active member of the Finance and Junior
For a period of two years,
periods of absence by President Bob Grundy, Matt chaired the meetings
of the Committee of Management.
As a Chartered
Accountant Matt has
provided mentoring, advice and assistance to the respective Treasurers
of the STBA for well over 10 years. Matt was Treasurer of the
organising Committee when the STBA ran the Australian U19 National
Championships and an active member of the organising committees when
the STBA hosted the Australian National Championships and the U17
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More recently, over 4 ½ years ago, Matt
established the STBA's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
Program which was established to integrate members of the CALD
Communities into the local communities through the sport of badminton.
This program has been recognised Nationally by the Australian Sports
Commission who came down to film a vidcast of the program to use as a
benchmark for other programs around the country. Matt has obtained
generous sponsorship from GOSEN for the STBA CALD Program for over four
years and negotiated direct sponsorship for four STBA players. For a
period of 4 1/2 years Matt has been solely responsible for the
successful delivery of the STBA CALD Program which has included him
establishing the GOSEN Australian Malaysian National Badminton
Championships and, in conjunction with Brent, the GOSEN Tasmanian Team
Matt, in conjunction with Ernest, has significantly
grown the size of the GOSEN Australian Malaysian National Badminton
Championships - in 2015 the Championships attracted the equal highest
number of players participating and the most number of matches played
compared to all other Tasmanian State Tournaments in 2015.
At a National level Matt is a current Director of Badminton Australia
(BA) and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee. He has been in
that role for eight years during which time he and his fellow Directors
have overseen the successful delivery of two Australian Open Super
Series events on the International Calendar (with $750,000 in prize
money – the highest in the World) and a winning bid to host the 2017
Sudirman Cup World Mixed Teams Championship on the Gold
Matt has previously been an active member of BA's Junior
Committee and a National Junior Selector.
In 2013 Badminton Australia
awarded Matt a Conspicuous
Service Award for outstanding service to
badminton in Australia.
Badminton Reunion Dinner
Matt, in conjunction with Brent Mundy, established
the concept of the Tasmanian Badminton Association Reunion Dinner in
2013 and oversaw the successful delivery of over 300 people attending
the biggest ever reunion dinner in Tasmanian badminton history. Six
Teams of the Decade (from 1950 to 1959 to 2000 to 2009) were announced
on the night together with 15 inductees into the Turner Wylie Club.
Matt, together with Brent Mundy, established the Tasmanian State Team
They painstakingly went back 86 years to every player that had
represented Tasmania at the highest level since 1929 and allocated each
player a cap number for the first time they represented Tasmania. Now,
each time a new player represents Tasmania they are presented with a
playing shirt with their cap number embroidered on the playing shirt.
There are 217 players that have represented Tasmania since 1929 and
Matt is number 176 – he is the equal second most capped player in the
history of Tasmanian badminton alongside the legendary Doug Wylie.
Australia Community and Schools Grants Program
After Bob Grundy and Alan Gough successfully applied for the HAACS
School Grant and commenced the implementation process Matt managed the
program for the STBA Committee during the 18 month grant period, a
program which was aimed at increasing the number of students in primary
schools participating in school badminton and employed a coach and
administrator to coach in the primary schools around Southern Tasmania.
Matt co-ordinated the implementation of the Hot Shots program in the
STBA badminton centre in 2014 with the aim to increase revenue for the
STBA and attract young people to the badminton centre.
Matt was a technical official at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games
and when he was coach of the Tasmanian State Junior Teams he was
passionate about the junior players undertaking the junior umpire
course with Peter Cocker to improve their skills and
Matt has managed Tasmanian State Open Teams and was a selector for
eight years for Tasmanian U17 and U19 State Teams.
For the last eight years Matt has been the TBA delegate to both the
Australian Commonwealth Games Association – Tasmanian Division and the
Tasmanian Olympic 3 STBA Life Membership Matthew
Gillie Council. Over the last five years he has
been Vice President of the Tasmanian Olympic Council.
Matt has been passionate about badminton and the STBA for over 28 years
since he first walked into the badminton centre to play with his Dad.
In the early years he received tremendous support from his Mum (Julie)
and Dad (Daryl) and he played alongside his younger brother Adam.
Over the next 28 years he has been involved in all facets of the game
from playing, coaching and administration right from the grass roots
level up to the local, state and National level.
If you talk to Matt his simple goal has always been to put more into
the sport than he has taken out and he can safely say that he has done
He says he is indebted to the sport because it was through the sport 19
years ago that he met, and later married, his lovely wife Olivia and
now they have a beautiful little boy in Clancy.
Matt is the youngest ever person to be awarded life membership of the
Life Membership awarded 2015
Greg Meaghan has
provided distinguished service to the STBA for many years as a player,
coach and as an administrator.
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Greg started playing in STBA rosters over thirty years ago
and apart from a recent period of illness, has played continuously at
local and intra-state tournaments.
For more than 10 years Greg was an administrator on the STBA
Committee, helping to run Divisional rosters in Divisions 1 and 2.
In 1981 Greg (along with Doug Trenham) started the Saturday
Warren Walker took over from Doug Trenham and assisted Greg to run this
roster for many years. This roster produced many State and Open Graded
Greg has also qualified as a coach and has been working in
this capacity at local level and State levels for over 10 years.
Greg has also assisted in the running of several Australian
Open and Australian Junior Championships when the carnivals have been
held in Hobart.
Life Membership awarded 2014
John first became
associated with the STBA in 1990 when his eldest son started playing
badminton in the high-school roster and the Saturday afternoon roster.
His other 2 sons quickly followed playing in the Saturday afternoon
roster. This saw John start helping out with the afternoon groups.
Then, when his boys started playing night time roster, he decided to
nominate as a player himself.
During his own teenage years he had played badminton at the Moonah
Badminton Centre under the watchful eye of Bob Turnbull (his
cousin) one of the early stalwarts of badminton in southern
With his boys involvement
this was a wonderful opportunity to start playing again!!
For the past 18 years
(since 1996) John has played in Div4 and for much of the time taking on
the role of Division co-ordinator. In more recent times he has
encouraged other players to also take on these roles so the divisions
run more effectively and to share the organising load.
As his 3 sons' level of
involvement grew into playing at state level he took on a more active
role in the association and was elected to the STBA committee in
In 2003 he was elected as
President, a position he held until 2010. After a further 2 years as
Vice-president he was re-elected as President again for 2012. In
2013/2014 he again took on the role of Vice President to support the
new incoming President.
In his role as President
/Vice President John has been an STBA representative on the TBA Council
at their meetings in Launceston. The position of STBA President also
involves being TBA State President once every 3 years (as required by
TBA constitution) and has also been a TBA representative at Badminton
Australia AGMs in Melbourne.
Since 2004 to present day
(2014) John has been on the STBA Maintenance Committee. This saw an
injection of enthusiasm to get some much need upgrading done at the
South Hobart Centre ie: improvements to court lighting, new carpet, new
floor covering around canteen area, new seating behind centre courts,
seating extended behind courts 7&8, repainting centre, security
system upgrade, etc and liaising with various trades people to get
these and many more jobs done.
At most STBA tournaments
played at South Hobart you will see John Henderson busy in the role of
a Division manager for one of the grades ensuring that everything is
running smoothly and games are being put onto the available
In September 2015 John was
awarded a Badminton Australia Award
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Life Membership awarded 2012
For over 23 years Rose
Meaghan has been involved in badminton in the STBA. This
involvement has included playing in the night roster, the Hobart Ladies
Badminton (HLBA) roster, divisional championships, and all the
Tasmanian Badminton Association (TBA) sanctioned tournaments around the
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However, Rose’s most significant contribution to the STBA has
arguably been her role as Secretary; a total of 19 years up
to the date of this award (2012).
After serving only two years on the STBA Committee, Rose was
elected Secretary in 1993. She has held that position
continuously ever since, except for one year (2010).
As Secretary, Rose has performed various roles such as Event
Director for significant local, State (TBA sanctioned) and National
tournaments. These include the City of Hobart, the STBA
Invitational and the STBA Divisional championships. Such
tournaments require a great deal of skill and expertise to run as
smoothly as they do.
Rose also coordinates the necessary processes to organise the
regular night rosters, including publishing of teams, rosters,
pennants, certificates and trophies as required for presentation to
winners of rosters and tournaments.
Rose has also been involved in assisting with running the
School and College rosters with their finals and annual championships
over many years.
Rose also serves as the Public Officer of the
Association. This involves liaison with outside
organisations, companies and institutions and also often involves large
amounts of time and effort.
In the past, Rose has also been a member of the HLBA
Committee and served as its President.
In September 2015 Rose was awarded a Service Diploma from
Life Membership awarded 2012
Max has been awarded a
Life Membership of the STBA in recognition of his long and
distinguished career spanning over 60 years in the sport of badminton
(some of those years being in Victoria) at both local, state and
Max joined the STBA in 1990. Initially he started
coaching both junior and senior level players at the Badminton Centre –
a practice he continued for several years. On many occasions
too, Max acted as a Referee on roster nights.
He was elected as a member of the STBA Committee in 1994 and
served until 2009, a total of 16 years! Also he was a member
of the Maintenance Committee for 10 years. When the four new
courts were added in 1993, Max painted the walls green.
Max acted as the STBA’s representative on the Tasmanian
Badminton Association’s (TBA) Committee for a number of
years. He later became the STBA representative on the TBA
Committee for selecting the State Senior and Junior Teams.
Also at the State level, Max joined the TBA Coaches Committee (TBCC)
ultimately becoming its Chairperson. As late as 2012 Max
retained an association with the TBCC.
For many years Max has devoted many hours to coaching and conducted
coaching clinics. Many current players will remember his
extensive coaching of the Saturday afternoon junior players (for
beginners up to Year 12). But his efforts have also extended
to conducting coaching clinics in country areas such as Cygnet, Taranna
and Deloraine. Level 1A coaching clinics were also offered to
North West players on behalf of the STBA, to enable players to become
Max’s skills have been extended to a number of community
organisations. For example Max coached Refugees at the
Pontville Centre, provided coaching to disabled players at Cosmos
Recreation Services, and coached Elizabeth College students for three
years and Cosgrove High students for two years.
Nationally, Max received a “Sport Achievement Award” awarded
by the Australian Government and the “Award of Merit” from Badminton
In 2010 Max was elected a Patron of the STBA and subsequently
retired from badminton on medical grounds.
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Life Membership awarded 2010
Grundy is a person who has made a major commitment to the association
both as a player and as an administrator.
Bob was elected as Vice President in 1991 and remained in
that position until 1994 when he was elected President. Bob
continued as President until 2002 and was then Vice President again
until 2008 - a total of 17 years on the Executive Committee!
During that time he also served as President of the Tasmanian Badminton
Association (TBA) for three periods on rotation with our North and
North West counterparts.
During Bob’s time as President, there was fierce competition
from other sporting clubs and organisations to grab attention and
appeal to our members to participate in their activities.
Against this background, Bob successfully campaigned for an extension
to the freehold lease of the badminton centre for a further 21 years,
thus securing the future of the STBA. Bob also led the push
to acquire the land to the south of the centre for the building of four
new courts after gaining the necessary approvals.
There was a strong building maintenance program implemented with new
safety signs, fire fighting systems, extra lights and a new public
address system. Land opposite the centre was reassigned as a
sealed carpark for members of the association as well as the public.
In addition, Bob was often at the centre, fixing broken fixtures, etc,
with little recognition.
Bob worked tirelessly to restructure the badminton
associations of Tasmania especially the TBA constitution with a view to
having one consolidated organisation that could be affiliated with the
National Association, representing one voice for all badminton players
in Tasmania. Alas, the fruits of Bob’s efforts are yet to be
Bob also helped to secure a Government grant to have a junior
development officer appointed for the STBA.
Bob has tirelessly supported and mentored STBA players at tournaments
usually turning up whether or not a family member was
playing. As a player Bob was always ready to assist junior
players who were climbing the badminton ladder, without sounding like
their “old man”.
So Bob has been involved at all levels of badminton, from
administration, negotiator, president, player in roster and veterans
tournaments and keeping a watchful eye on the children’s roster, the
school roster and even the daytime ladies roster!!
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September 2015 Bob received a Conspicuous
Service Award from Badminton Australia.
Life Membership awarded 2006
dedication to the sport of badminton started when he began playing with
his family at 14 years of age with the St Georges Club, and has
continued throughout his life. He was a member of St Georges
teams that won many premierships including A Grade wins with Glen
Doran, Jane Forrest and Jason Williams.
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Brian won his First Tasmanian Singles title in 1983,
defeating Ken Turner 15/10, 15/9. He then went on to win the
national Singles title in Melbourne in 1960, and the Mixed Doubles
title with his sister, Shirley, (Courtney) in the Under 19 National
In 1989 Brian won gold as a member of an Australian Masters
team. In 2002 he won Silver at the World Masters
teams event and won a gold medal in the mens doubles event.
In 1989 he also received the Australian Government Sport and
Achievement Award in recognition of his services to
Apart from a short time playing with the AYC organisation, he
has played and coached with the STBA over many years. His
dedication to coaching in the Centre over a thirty year period is well
known. As well, he has been a friend and mentor to many
players, supporting them and encouraging them to perform at their
best. Brian has coached all levels of players from A grade to
those just wanting to improve their game, children and adults, giving
each of them encouragement and confidence.
From 1989 to 1998 he was coach of the Tasmanian Senior team on 7
Badminton remains a major part of Brian’s life and he is a dedicated
member of the STBA, always willing to assist if required, still
attending tournaments and championships.
Life Membership awarded 2001
Terry Chapman was a
member of the STBA for more than 20 years from around 1980 onwards and
was a tireless worker for the association, active in many roles.
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In 1982 Terry was a badminton Court Official at the Commonwealth Games,
held in Brisbane.
During 1991 and 1992 Terry organised the groundwork necessary
to obtain the space for the extra four courts (Nos 9, 10, 11 and 12) at
the centre. This included the task of allaying the objections
lodged by the neighbourhood during the process of obtaining approval.
The new courts were opened for play on 4 June 1993.
Terry was the organiser of the Southern Secondary Schools
roster for more than 20 years and the College roster for approximately
Terry was a prominent Committee member for many years and
held various positions such as President, Vice President, Treasurer and
general committee member. He was either President or Vice President for
a total of 8 years.
As a player and competitor Terry has represented the STBA as Captain
and/or Manager of various graded triangular teams and competed for many
years in the STBA roster, championships and TBA sanctioned tournaments.
Life Membership awarded 1995
Gary joined the STBA
Committee in 1987 and became part of the
Organising committee for the first Australian
Masters Games, (held in Hobart from 28 November to 12
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In 1988 Gary took on the job of STBA
where he rendered sterling service until 1995 (8 years). He was also
Treasurer for the Southern High Schools Roster for 8 years.
Gary was also involved with organising the Saturday Junior roster
for a period of 8 years.
In addition Gary conducted Level
O Coaching courses for teachers and parents of High School
He also helped organise the Tasmanian
Masters s Games which had its inaurguration in 1989.
Gary was the STBA Representative on the Australian Olympic Committee
and also our representative on the Commonwealth
Garry started playing badminton from the age of about 17.
Life Membership awarded 1992
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Wylie (Born 27July 1938)
Life Membership awarded 1988
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Doug Wylie is perhaps
the most legendary member of the STBA to have played badminton in
He dominated the sport in Hobart, and indeed in Tasmania, for more than 2 decades from 1957 to
During this period he won a very large number of titles. In the STBA
Invitational Tournaments alone he won 19 Mens Singles titles,
Doubles titles, and 8 Mixed Doubles titles; a feat not equalled before
the Tasmanian Championships he was victorious 8 times in Mens Singles,
10 times in Mens Doubles, and 6 times in Mixed Doubles.
Doug was a member of the State Senior team for 18 years
between 1958 and 1980 and captained the state side for 12 senior
carnivals (the Clendinnen Shield). He was coach of the senior
team in 1982.
represented Tasmania against South Africa in 1963 and against New
Zealand in 1969 and 1973. He also represented Australia
New Zealand in 1971 when Australia retained the Whyte Trophy.
He represented the STBA in the intrastate series (the Triangulars) from
1958 to 1983 and captained the team from 1960 to 1983.
He won the Tasmanian
for services to badminton in 1988
Doug served on the STBA Committee from 1964 to 1990, and as President
from 1983 to
He was also President of the Tasmanian Badminton Association
in 1984 and 1987.
Doug was elected a Life Member in 1988.
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Life Membership awarded 1980
Wesley was a stalwart supporter of the
Badminton Association for more than 17
leading up to her award of
life membership in 1980 and she continued to serve the association as
either secretary or treasurer for another 8 years after her award and
then many more years in other roles such as coaching and administration.
She served on various committees and held many roles at various
times, including event director, manager, coach, umpire, selector,
secretary, treasurer and
In 1988 she was honoured with another life membership, this time with
the State badminton association (the TBA). In that same year
she was also
presented with a Service to Sport award from the Sportman's
Association of Australia.
said that her most memorable event was
being Event Director for the badminton section of the First
Australian Masters Games
and competing in those games where she
won a gold medal in the doubles (with
Freda Lees) and a bronze medal in the mixed doubles (with Harry
the Over 55 age group.
(Click the photo to the left to see a larger image of the Over 55
In 1995 Barbara
received a Conspicuous Service Award
Badminton Australia, and then in the year 2000 she also received an Australian Sports Medal
(The year 2000 was the only year that the Australian Sports medals were
In 1998 Barbara was further honoured with a City of Glenorchy
2002 Barbara was recognised with the very high honour of an Order
(OAM) for Service to Sport
particularly to badminton.
(Click the image to the left to enlarge).
In 2004 Barbara received an
Australian Government Sport Achievement Award.
image to the left is a photo of the pocket from Barbara's State jacket.
It shows her TBA Life
, her STBA
Life Member badge
and her City of Glenorchy
Citizen Award badge
as well as a list of her years as
Secretary of the TBA embroidered along the bottom.
(Click the image to enlarge).
maintain her interest in the STBA
having attended nearly every AGM up to the present (2016), and she is
currently a joint Patron of the STBA (along with Max Wood), and also
Patron of the TBA.
Barbara Wesley retired from badminton
in Tasmania in 2010, after serving almost
50 years in the administration of the sport.
Life Membership awarded 1965
Frank was Treasuer of the STBA from 1964 to 1970, and was a member of
the committee for 5 years before becoming the Treasurer
Altogether he served on the STBA committee for 12 years.
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Life Membership awarded 1964
Thompson had a huge influence on badminton and on the Southern
Tasmanian Badminton Association and was the person mainly responsible
for establishing the badminton centre at 101 Cascade Road.
until the hall at South Hobart was opened in 1963 players lacked a
permanent hall in
which to play. Instead they used Wesley Hall, St Georges
Hall, City Hall, St Marks, St Stephens and the Landsdowne Crescent
Halls, none of which could be guaranteed as a permanent venue.
along came badminton stalwart Harry Thompson, a real estate agent who
spotted the old sandstone-built former reservoir on Cascade Road and
saw it as a potential site for a dedicated badminton
hall. Harry used his extensive contacts within
Government, the Hobart City Council and the business community to lobby
for leasing the property with a view to constructing a hall housing 8
support for the proposal was gained through an item published in
The Mercury. Local businesses provided interest-free loans
and members provided labour to make up one third of the finances
required; one third of the cost was provided by the Hobart City Council
and the remaining third was granted by the State Government.
himself took a year off from work to project-manage the
construction of the Centre. Another club committee member –
Bill Dixon - provided his services as Architect and Engineer.
Life member Phil Cooper provided the electrical installation.
Another member – Brian Guy - was the main contractor for the building.
At the opening of the Centre on 21st October 1963 the Premier, the
Honourable Eric Reece, MHA suggested naming the centre “The H Thompson
” in honour of the dedicated work provided
Harry. This was duly done. A 40 year lease of the
site was negotiated and this was later re-negotiated for a period of 21
years commencing in 2003.
Harry served the STBA for 15
years as Secretary
(1956 to 1970) and then another 11 years as
to 1982). He was also Secretary of the Southern Tasmanian
Badminton Coaches Association.
At the state level he served 3 terms as President of the TBA,
of the Tasmanian Coaches Committee, Coach of the Tasmanian Junior
teams and Manager of the Tasmanian Open Badminton teams.
At a National Level, Harry served as President of the Australian
(ABA) as well as a Board member of
ABA. He also became a national selector for Badminton
and Manager of the Australian Badminton White Trophy team.
Harry was also a technical Assistant at the Commonwealth Games in
Edmonton, Canada in 1978.
Harry was recognized
internationally with the award of a Meritorious
from the International Badminton Federation in 1987
and as further recognition
of his achievements he was presented with an “Award of Merit
Finally, in 1995 Harry’s untiring efforts in both badminton
and other organisations in the community were rewarded with an Order
of Australia Medal
service to the community and to sport in Tasmania.
(Click the certificate for a larger image)
Harry passed away in 2002.
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