Badminton Scotland today offered their congratulations to former President Ian E Brown after he was presented with the British Empire Medal for his services to badminton.
Ian has, for many years, been a key figure in the organisation of the sport throughout Scotland and today’s presentation comes after he was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June.
Accompanied by his wife Catherine, Ian was presented with his award by Melville Jameson CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, at a Civic Reception hosted by Perth & Kinross Council.
Among other attendees were key officials from Badminton Scotland who were there to show their support for a man who has been integral to the development of badminton, both in his local community and throughout the country.
Ian has been involved with badminton since 1967 when he first took up the sport and his association has continued to grow over the years.
He was President of Badminton Scotland from 1989 to 1991, prior to which he acted as both Senior (from 1987 to 1989) and Junior (from 1985 to 1987) Vice President.
Having stepped down as President in 1991 Ian was appointed as Company Secretary, a role he held until 2017.
Ian is also a key figure in the organisation of some of Badminton Scotland’s major events.
For many years he was Tournament Director of the Scottish National Championships, and he is responsible for managing Protocol at the Scottish Open and the various World and European events staged by Badminton Scotland.
In addition to his commitments at a national level, Ian still finds time to dedicate to the development of the sport in his local area in a number of positions. One such position is as the President of the Perth and District Badminton Association, a role he held from 1991 to 2017.
Having made the decision to step down as President of Perth & District in the summer, he was immediately made Honorary President, a ceremonial appointment to recognise his immense and long-standing dedication and contribution to badminton in his local community.
Among his many other accomplishments, Ian served as the Scottish representative on the British Badminton Olympic Committee between 1987 and 1991 and together with representatives from the three other UK home nations, Ian worked tirelessly to prepare for the inclusion of badminton as a recognised Olympic sport for the first time at the 1992 Barcelona games.
Ian also acted as one of two delegates for the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland in 1989 while in 1995 he became the Vice Chairman for the Council. He then went on to become one of the Assistant Managers for the whole Scottish Commonwealth team participating in the 1998 Games held in Kuala Lumpur.
Ian has previously received other awards in recognition of his service. He was presented with a Meritorious Service Award by the BWF during the World Team Championships in Glasgow in 2007 and in 1999 Ian was presented with the Citizen of Perth award.
Today's ceremony is further well-deserved recognition of a man who has dedicated a large part of his life to the sport and Anne Smillie, Badminton Scotland’s Chief Executive, paid tribute, saying: “I have long been grateful for the immense contribution that Ian has made over the last 50 years he has been associated with the sport.
“To see his contribution recognised today in the wider community through the award of a British Empire Medal is indeed a fitting tribute to an individual who has dedicated a lifetime of service to our sport and its events.
“There may be some who have given equal, but none have given more to Scottish badminton than Ian Brown, BEM”.