June

BADMINTONscotland pays tribute to Wilma Reid

Wilma Reid, née Tyre, was a rare talent in the world of Scottish badminton.

During a career spanning multiple decades playing at the highest level, and across three disciplines, Wilma was selected to represent Scotland on 26 occasions.

Her skill and determination on court made her a challenging singles opponent and a fantastic doubles partner, whether playing ladies or mixed.

Wilma was a Scottish Open champion on seven occasions, winning the ladies singles title in 1959, the ladies doubles title in both 1959 (with Miss M McIntosh) and 1965 (with Miss C Dunglison), and the mixed doubles title on four occasions in 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1965 (all alongside the great Robert McCoig).

The 1959 treble win in all the events she played that year being a particular highlight.

In the history of Scottish National Badminton Championships, Wilma is one of the all time greats, with 5 singles victories, 9 ladies doubles victories and an astounding 10 mixed doubles victories.

Wilma also found success outside of Scotland - with her 1965 Scottish Open partner, Miss C Dunglison, together reaching the final of the world's oldest and most pretigious badminton event, the All-England Open Championship in 1961.

In that final, Wilma and Cathie were ultimately defeated by one of the most dominant ladies doubles teams of the era, the American pairing of Sue and Judy Devlin.

In her later years, Wilma became involved in coaching, passing on her knowledge to younger generations, and she also appeared in Scottish Masters competition, playing alongside her husband.

A funeral service is being held for those wishing to attend, details of which are below.

Date and Time: Monday June 18, 12 noon
Location: Masonhill Creamatorium, Ayr