A new trophy created for presentation at the end of the 2014/2015 Season
We now end this part of the proceedings with the presentation of a new commemorative shield, the Margaret Adams Trophy.
It is with great sadness that we lost Margaret Adams earlier in the year. Those of you who knew Margaret will remember that she was one of those people who went out of her way to ensure that you felt welcome at all times, always willing to lend a hand if it was needed.
Margaret was a lover of badminton and a keen player, playing in the League for many years both competitively and then socially after having retirement forced upon her through the loss of an eye to cancer.
Margaret was also a keen supporter to the League itself, serving as the League Treasurer in the late 1990s prior to serving as League Secretary from 2003 until 2009 as well as being Secretary to the Salisbury Armada club from 2002 until 2006. Margaret performed a vital modernising role for the League developing score sheet and other templates that are still used today, leaving typewriters and hand written reports & notes behind.
Margaret was also prominently visible at our End of Season Tournaments both playing and helping out by organising the raffles for us. Until her retirement, no End of Season Presentation evening was complete without Margaret organising the raffle for us, often levering donations of prizes from local shops!
Margaret went on to win the Veterans Tournament twice with Roger Stevens in 1999/2000 and 2001/2002 and the pair were also runners up in 2004/2005 so I’m sure she would have been pleased to see its return to the League this year. She was also the runner up in the Christmas Plate Tournament with Gary Johnson in 2005.
Margaret was always keen to promote junior badminton and for a number of years served on the committee that ran the Plymouth inter-Schools Badminton League & she talked Sandra into acting as their Press Secretary at one time. She was devastated when that Junior League was disbanded but pleased to see the intention by the Council of continuing inter-school badminton but organised in a different way.
Margaret was also involved along with many others in running the annual Ellis Junior Tournament.
From talking with others, Margaret was very well respected by everyone, known to have a wicked sense of humour and would “tell it as it is” on occasion or when required. She would encourage anyone to get involved with badminton whether as a player or as a volunteer in any capacity – more so if it meant helping or encouraging juniors.
To honour Margaret’s memory and her contributions to our League, we have created a new commemorative shield to recognise on an annual basis an individual’s contribution to Badminton and we are thrilled that both Margaret’s partner, Graeme, and her daughter, Jess, are here to join us this evening to present the trophy.
So now we move to talking about the first recipient of the trophy…
No doubt some of you may have spotted a familiar yet estranged face lurking nearby for the last hour or so…
Our recipient this year started playing when he was a mere 13 years old back in 1971 (apparently) and when he was 15 was allowed to write in a letter of application to Sherwell Badminton Club.
We have been told that in those days there were lots of rules – one of which of course was that you could only play in all whites not to mention having to write in a letter of application! Thankfully some of those rules have changed over the years but some have remained.
Over his years in the League, this individual has played at clubs including Sherwell and Builders, sat on the Beckly Cup Committee and eventually served as Chairman of the League.
He has also been actively involved with the Junior Tournament for some 29 years and during this time has aided in the setting up of the Plymouth Schools League. Something that I’m sure Margaret would have been particularly proud of.
This individual has been the Chairman of the Devonport Royal Dockyard Employees Trust for many years and he has been influential in that Trust providing grants or sponsorship to many sporting activities including the Junior Badminton Tournament.
He has also been involved in organising teams from the Dockyard to enter the Plymouth Games events, including the associated badminton events and more widely has been involved in the Herald’s Sports Awards in which our Chairman, Gordon, was awarded his Contribution to Sports award.
OK, so that’s probably ruined any acceptance speech he has prepared so without any further delay, it is with great honour that we present the Margaret Adams Trophy for the 2014-2015 season to Brian Legassick.