Volunteer helper at the Tyneside Badminton Centre.
Was Born in Northumberland, went to school in Cramlington then to Central High Newcastle. Was brought up with badminton from a young age, when my parents played for Cramlington Phoenix, then Jesmond Dene, then Newbiggin. I was a member of the Tyne and Wear Schools squads and the Northumberland County squads from the age of 13 and won/was runner up in several county restricted and schools tournaments at U14, U16 and U18. I played junior league for the Northumberland junior club at Matthew Bank Hall (neither the club, nor the hall exist for Badminton any more).
In the 83/84 season I became a member of Elmfield Badminton Club and played mixed doubles for them, which I have done ever since (when not injured). Started my ladies doubles league career with a season at Jesmond Dene BC and then Newbiggin BC, before becoming a member of the Elmfield ladies team. Since then I have also spent several seasons on Elmfield BC committees.
On 22/11/84 at the age of 15, I made my debut for Northumberland II team against Derbyshire. I was a regular member of the 2nd team, with an occasional appearance at singles on the 1st team, and then the newly formed 3rd team, until a skiing accident in December 2006 in which the ski slope came off much better than my shoulder and ended my serious playing career.
In 1987- 1990 I went to Nottingham University, where we won the ladies team UAU championship in my 1st year (to you youngsters, that’s the old version of the BUCS championship). Captained the team in my 2nd year when we were runner up and in my 3rd year we reached the semi-finals. I also played in the local Notts leagues for the University.
When I finished University I came back to Newcastle and trained with Ernst and Young as a Chartered Accountant. In 1997 I moved to Northern Rock where I worked as an accountant until being made redundant in June 2013.
During the 1990’s I took some coaching qualifications and helped out coaching the junior county squads. I currently hold a level 2 coaching qualification, though I don’t really have much time for coaching these days.
I have been a member of the Northumberland Badminton Management committee since 1994 acting as league secretary for a few seasons and then in 1996 I became the Association Treasurer, a position that I still hold. Since then I have also been actively involved in helping to run tournaments and events held by the Association. In 2007 after my shoulder dislocation I also took the basic umpiring qualification, although again time has been limited since to do too much active umpiring. I was awarded an Unsung Hero of Sport award from Sport Newcastle in 2013 for my services to the Association.
Since redundancy I have spent much of my time traveling and trekking in various parts of the world. When I am in Newcastle I am voluntarily helping out at the Tyneside Badminton Centre mainly focusing on the various Finance processes of the operation.
I think the Centre is a fabulous initiative for the development of Badminton in Northumberland and am very pleased to be able to help support the running of its operations.