The Board of Badminton SA would like to pay tribute to Dr Ces Maddern who recently passed away. The CP Maddern Trophy is an important trophy in Australian Badminton.
Here is some background on the CP Maddern Trophy:
Administrators during the 1960’s were concerned at the lack of opportunity for younger players to compete at a national level. Discussions took place between Victoria and Tasmania to establish teams’ competition for Under 17 players. South Australia joined the cause and in 1966 a national competition for teams and individual events began.
Mr C.P. Maddern was Secretary of South Australian Badminton at that time and he donated the perpetual trophy for the national teams’ competition with the expectation and hope that the competition would grow. Eventually all States joined the competition and now it has become International with New Zealand being invited since 2002.
Tasmania won the first official competition in 1966, Western Australia won for the first time in 1975 and New South Wales in 2000, but in the 38 years of the trophy, Victoria has dominated the event, although all States and Territories have been the beneficiaries.
Many Australian players have come through this event, including Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists Lisa Campbell (Bryant), Michael Scandolera and Audrey Tuckey (Swaby), national senior champions and Australian representatives, Cheryl and Sandra Mullett, Paul Tyrrell, Lynne McElroy, Ross Livingston, Geraldine Brown, Sue Oates, Karen Jupp, Linda Best, Darren and Julie McDonald and Olympians Rhonda Cator, Lisa Cambpell, Peter Blackburn, Paul Stevenson and Paul Straight.
The competition has had some changes in age constraints over the years and it became the Australian Under 18 years (later Under 19 years) championship but the purpose has remained – that young people should be encouraged in the sport.
RIP CP Maddern