I am a 4th generation mixed cropping and sheep farmer in the Broadfield District and I’m very proud to be able to say, in 2017 my family will be celebrating 150 years of farming the same block of land.
My family has been involved in Badminton for a long time. My wife Liz, daughters Jo and Leesa and son Mark have all represented Canterbury at various levels. I first became involved in the administration in 1982 and served as President from 1995 to 2001 and then taking a break from 2006 till 2013 when I was reelected as Chairman. I coached junior teams at all ages and still coach at the Lincoln Club where I have been Club Captain for over 30 years
Badminton Canterbury has been through a major restructure since Selwyn Maisters Independent review, and I am proud to lead a very devoted Board and staff through this process. With playing numbers now increasing and development programmes well underway, I feel we are looking forward to some very exciting times.
Started playing badminton as my Dad ran our local club (North Beach), so my brother and I ended up going to club nights and totally enjoyed it. I’ve never been a top player, but I did play in the rep teams as a junior and sometimes in our Div 3 senior team, and now playing masters and doubles 1. I am the current president of Avon Badminton Club, the Senior Convener at Canterbury Badminton. While I’m not playing badminton I am a Real Estate Consultant, and help my husband run his building business.
Badminton has been part of my life since I first picked up a racquet as a 10 year old. Just as it does for juniors today, playing junior tournaments got me hooked and I have played competitively and socially ever since. I have been a member of the Lincoln Badminton Club all of my playing career, and have spent many of those years holding various roles on the committee. In 2013 it was time to repay the Association for all it had done for me, so I threw my name into the hat at the Board elections. It has been a hard road, but the Association has achieved a lot in the three years since. Hard work from dozens of volunteers is now producing a steady growth in player numbers. I am looking forward to exciting times ahead for Badminton Canterbury.
I have been a lawyer for the last 28 years, 20 of those years have been spent running my own practice at Addington law. I started playing badminton at about 15 or 16 years of age. I have played A grade off and on since 1985 and at 52 I am still pretending I can play at that level. I played for various Canterbury div teams from 1984 until I was put out to pasture in my mid-forties. I still have a passion for the game although my body may not.
Hi, I’m Christchurch born and bred and have been involved with Badminton Canterbury since 2009. I have three daughters in their late teens and early twenties who have been playing since badminton since they were at primary school. My focus is on helping to develop and grow junior badminton in our region and I believe we are making great progress and with the recent appointment of our new professional coach from Scotland, we are looking at very exciting times ahead. Badminton is a great sport for children of all ages and abilities and has a wonderful social aspect that involves parents and families. When I’m not wearing my hat at Canterbury Junior Convenor, I run my own commercial flooring business.
I have played badminton from the age of 11, competitively for a long time and now socially and interclub.
My two boys have now come into the fold and spend a huge amount of time at the hall, also at Lincoln and at their school, so it must be in the blood!
I really enjoy my role as treasurer for the board, it’s great to see the sport growing and being part of that.
I am currently a member of the Ashgrove Badminton Club and I play in B Grade. I decided to stand for election to the Board of Badminton Canterbury as I saw the sport that I enjoyed playing dying. As a member of the board I have been involved in creating a new strategic plan and I look forward to seeing an increase in people playing badminton. Please introduce yourself to me when you see me. If you have any concerns please let me know.