LIFE MEMBERS

Badminton Oceania is proud to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond with badminton in the region. Find out more about Badminton Oceania’s life members in the profiles below.

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HEATHER ROBSON

Previously a successful tennis player, Heather did not start playing badminton until she was 20 years old. With an illustrious badminton career representing New Zealand, Heather was also heavily involved in driving participation and reputation for badminton, through coaching, fundraising efforts and inaugurating the Auckland Ladies Mid-Week club when Auckland Badminton Hall opened – this has grown into today’s mid-week inter-club and championships.

Robson has also served as President for Auckland Badminton, Badminton New Zealand and Badminton Oceania (from 1987-2000) and is a life member to all three associations.

Badminton Playing Career Highlights:

  • New Zealand National Champion: 7 x WS (unbeaten record), 9 x WD and 3 x XD
  • All England WS semi-finalist in 1954
  • Irish International WS Champion in 1954
  • 20 caps representing New Zealand (including 3 Uber Cup competitions and in 1960 when the team were semi-finalists)
  • 14 Auckland Badminton Champion: 14 x WS, 13 x WD and 10 x XD

Badminton Administration Highlights:

  • Delegate to International Badminton Confederation since 1989
  • Technical Director at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games
  • Technical Director at Thomas/Uber Cup Asian zone in Auckland 1996

ROBIN BRYANT

Robin had a wide interest and involvement in badminton, playing socially and competitively, and enjoyed motor sports, skiing and fishing too. He regularly acted as a team or event manager at major badminton events, including the Australian International and Thomas Uber Cup preliminaries. His hard work and commitment to the sport did not go unnoticed, as he was elected as BWF Vice President, Badminton Oceania President, Chair and Deputy President at various points between 2005 and 2009, while serving as a board member for Badminton Australia from 1991-1996 before elected President from 1996-2008.

Badminton Playing Career Highlights:

Robin was a key player for Australia in the following events:

  • Australian International
  • Canberra International
  • Sydney Teams International
  • Thomas Uber Cup Preliminaries

Badminton Administration Highlights:

  • BWF Vice President from 2005-2009
  • Badminton Oceania President and Chair from 2005-2007
  • Badminton Oceania Deputy President from 2008-2009
  • Badminton Australia President 1996-2008
  • Badminton Australia Board Members 1991 – 1996
  • President Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Badminton Association 1987-1993
  • Committee Member Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Badminton Association 1980-1987