Badminton Victoria Inc.

Highlights from the 89th Annual General Meeting of Badminton Victoria Inc.

Thank you to our Member clubs, associations and venues for joining us for the 89th Annual General Meeting of Badminton Victoria Inc recently. We had some amazing nominations for our annual awards and presented them on the day. Here are all our award recipients for their achievements in 2021:

Life Member Inductees
Peejade Cheng (Badminton Connect)

For ten years of continuous service on the Board of Badminton Victoria.

  • Board Director since 2009.
  • President/Chair 2011 – 2014.
  • Finance Director 2014 – current.
Peter Brown (Ocean grove badminton club)

For ten years of continuous service on the Board of Badminton Victoria.

  • Board Director since 2010.
  • BV Junior Committee Member 2016 – 2021.
Distinguished Service Awards
Bob Causon (Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Assoc.)

Award the Service Award previously by Badminton Victoria.
Life Member of Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Assoc.
Runs the Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon social sessions.
Attends the Friday night junior sessions and assists with coaching the new juniors.
Bob is a tireless volunteer of the association, assisting where he can around the association.
Bob has also been playing badminton for over 50 years.
Was Hero of the Month in 2021 on the Badminton Australia newsletter.
Early years when his own kids were younger, travelled to junior tournaments and senior tournaments.

David Talbot (Werribee Junior Badminton Assoc.)

Has been coaching for more than 30 years.
Currently President of the club and has been for several years. We feel that he has saved the club from difficult situations by the outstanding commitment and service. David is popular with players and parents and has coached many kids at Victorian competitions.

Kerryn Hawkey (Mountain District Badminton Assoc.)

After joining the MDLBA (Ladies) in approx. 1987, Kerryn was Match Secretary for MDBA Ladies from 1988-1993. Kerryn has been on the MDBA Committee for many years and filled the position of Match Secretary from 1998-2008, where she then resigned to become the Administrator from 2009-2011. After a short retirement Kerryn returned to the Board and eventually became the Match Secretary in 2012 once again. In 2014 Kerryn became the Monday night Veterans Co-ordinator. The veterans’ competition boasts up to 18 teams and requires an enormous amount of time and meticulous organisational skills.
Kerryn not only is the match secretary and coordinator but is part of the MDBA badminton committee. Every Monday night after collecting match fees she is seen watching games and talking to all the players. Kerryn is a wealth of knowledge and information in the running of this Association, and we value her efforts greatly. We are proud to nominate Kerryn Hawkey for a BV Distinguished award.
Well and truly 25 plus years serving the badminton community at MDBA.

Margaret Anderson (South East Badminton Assoc.)

Has been part of the club and has volunteered her time for over 26 years at SEBA and continues to do so. She has over 40 years of service with the Dandenong Badminton Club as well and is a Life Member there.
She has also been helping at the HPB club for over 10 years.
On top of the time she puts towards all the clubs she is involved with, she is a well known umpire at the Victorian tournaments.

Sue Dunbar (Mountain District Badminton Assoc.)

Sue has been on the MDBA committee since 1994. Sue has worked endlessly in the MDBA Kitchen when events are on. Sue has also worked at many working bees in the initial stages of our Association and continues to do so. She spends many hours with beginners here at Kilsyth helping the grassroots players and potentially increasing membership numbers for the association. She helped run Mt. Evelyn Club for many years until it folded. Sue then started up the Warrandyte Club which covers the majority of our teams in Class 1 at Mountain District – 13 at present. After the passing of Mr. Noel Stephens, Sue took over as President in 2010. For Sue’s unwavering support and dedication to MDBA she was awarded with Life Membership to M.D.B.A. We cannot think a more worthy recipient of a distinguished service award. She leads by example always at events and takes the time to engage with members of MDBA. The amount of time and commitment put into MDBA and to badminton is immeasurable.

Service Awards
Lyn Cooper (Diamond Valley Badminton Assoc.)

Lyn has been the heartbeat of Diamond Valley Badminton; a Life member of the club Lyn continues to donate her time as match committee chair while also being part of the Victorian Badminton Veterans Assoc.
Lyn has had 16 years of continual service to the DVBA committee while helping to run many of the competitions at Eltham in the years prior to being officially being on the committee. From memory she is one of the organizer’s of the competitions at Eltham back in the 1990s.

Ruth Smythe (East Gippsland Badminton Assoc.)

Ruth has 10 years of continuous service to the East Gippsland Badminton Assoc. committee – 2 as a general committee member and 8 years as president.
Always involved in the day-to-day running of the club – booking venues, communicating with members, liaising with BV/other organisations as required.
Responsible for establishing club’s website and email communications.
Successfully applied for several sporting grants for equipment and support through COVID restrictions.

Perpetual Awards for 2021
Ern Harding Memorial Trophy – Awarded to Kenneth Choo (2G Sports)

A perpetual trophy donated by Sir Albert Jennings, who played badminton with Ern Harding, the first Vice-President when the V.B.A. was formed.
Presented to the man who returned the best performances in tournaments.

Robert Bruce Maxfield Perpetual Trophy – Awarded to Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton)

First presented in 1969 to the man or woman player who returned the best performances in tournaments. Since 1971 presented to women only.

H. Roy Brady Memorial Trophy – Awarded to Athi Selladurai (Infinity Badminton AssoC.)

Presented by the BV Performance Committee for court demeanour & attitude.

Paul Tyrrell Trophy – Awarded to Jazmine Lam (Pro Badminton Academy)

Presented to the Most Improved Junior player of the year.

For the Annual Report and Records presented at the AGM, visit our History page.

For all the photos from the AGM and Awards, visit our Flickr album.

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