Badminton Club: All welcome

Club members Mary Bear, Lea Woutersen, Graeme Shaw, Pearl Martin and Tina Skinner play protected from the rain during their regular Tuesday morning meet.

Members of the Cambridge Badminton Club are hoping to see more locals join the club, particularly junior-age players with former NZ representative Reon McFarlane coaching the club’s under-16 players this term.

But it’s not just junior players, people of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to get involved. Tina Skinner, the former juniors coach and a member of 15 years, said the club had been “so friendly and welcoming” when she joined. “It doesn’t matter what experience you’ve got when you walk through the door,” said Tina. “I had young children when I started, and I found that a lot of sports weren’t suitable to be able to take them, whereas here (inside the clubroom next to the court)… they’ve got a toy box and they’re quite safe in here… that was a huge for me. And it’s one of the sports that you can just pick up and anyone can play, no matter what your age is.”

“We never turn anyone away… the only things they need are non-marking sports shoes,” said Pearl Martin, the club’s treasurer and stalwart member of 38 years.

“I really enjoy it,” added club president Graeme Shaw. “It’s out of the weather, so you can play any day. It’s got a very good social side to it and it’s great exercise.”

The club’s oldest member is 87, playing along with the Golden Oldies 50+ group on Thursdays, $4 each time with no membership required. The full details of when the club meets each week is detailed in the ‘Regular Events’ section of Cambridge News.

Badminton Club president Graeme Shaw in action.

More Recent Sports

Courtney’s special target

Courtney Duncan’s build up to the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Hamilton couldn’t go much better. The swimmer turned powerlifter is setting personal bests with just a couple of weeks to go to the…

A Battle of the Bridge: Messam vs Watt

Hautapu and Leamington will go head-to-head in a corporate ‘fight night’ next month. The boxing event will be headlined by a matchup featuring  Hautapu’s former All Black forward Liam Messam. For the second time in…

Fresh fields for football

A $900,000 project to provide two more year-round pitches starts next week at the home of Cambridge football. The work will involve two fields to the north of the existing playing fields outside the northern…

It’s a family affair…

David Butcher and sons Zachary and Benjamin created history at the New Zealand Trotting Cup meeting in Christchurch yesterday, but it wasn’t for having prize-winning drives. Cambridge-based David, 58, has been involved as a driver…