Badminton Talent Honours John Grant’s Legacy

Glenearn Badminton Club kicked off April by hosting the third John Grant Memorial Tournament, in memory of its former President, John Grant, who sadly passed away in 2020. John’s wife, Maureen, and son, Gary, attended to share in the memories of John, watch the action, and present the cup. The Club was thrilled to again welcome international umpire, Jim Gauld, who umpired the final in style.

This year saw a record 36 entrants from Glenearn and Crieff badminton clubs.

After 45 group stage games, some of which were won by a single point, four mixed pairs qualified for the semi-finals. Having been undefeated in the group stage, Ashleigh Cormack & Fraser Patton lost out 21 – 9 in the semis to Kirsten Lindsay & Chris Ashmole, while Stella McClure & Jordan Ritchie worked hard to secure a 21 – 16 win over Alison Tough & Iain Scott, ending Iain’s quest to retain the Cup he won last year with Frazer Robertson.

Stella & Jordan maintained their undefeated run to the final by winning the final in two sets against Kirsten & Chris, 21-9, 21-13. Stella also has the honour of being the first woman to win the cup.

Jane Russell BS RDO added –

“I’m sure John would have been delighted to see how well Glenearn BC have built on his legacy. The club is thriving and is a real asset to the badminton community in Perth. John worked closely with me and Graeme Doig from SDS to ensure Glenearn was a welcoming club with a truly inclusive culture & ethos. We both still miss his knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, not many people will continue coaching with a cast on their foot!”