Shuttlecocks fly in Horsham Downs

Keen players in 1961


Play until you drop – that’s badminton, and the game is on, says Horsham Downs Badminton Club treasurer Lesley Dawson.

After a summer recess, the season is starting again this March.  It’s a grand way to keep fit, and meet people from all walks of life, she says.

“All sorts play, farmers, life-stylers, professionals who commute into town for their daily work.  It’s a fun, social activity which keeps us fit, young and agile.”

The club has trained coaches prepared to teach the sport, racquets can be borrowed and shuttles are provided.

“All abilities and agilities welcome, all that is needed is a willing heart to give it a go.”

The club celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008, and the only time it didn’t meet over the years was during the World War II, when shuttles were unavailable.

One of the current high-school age players, Kelsi Wallace, represents Waikato for her age group at provincial level.  She also assists with the Friday night children’s evening.

Players have come not just from the local area, but also Gordonton, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Taupiri and Hamilton.

The month of March is free, and the club holds its AGM on the 26th.  Sessions start at the hall on March 5, at 7.30pm, and thereafter run Mondays at the same time, rain, hail or snow.

“We’d love to meet you.”

For further details, contact Lesley Dawson, on 829 4870.

Folk in the 1961 photo (which this N8N writer rather likes, being born that same year:)

  • Back row, from left:  Don Bruce, Warwick Silvester, Michael McNally, Keith Edwards, John Wilson, Alec Silvester, Geoff McNally, Tom Annan, Graeme Stewart.
  • Front row: Nita Cowley, Jocelyn Bayly, Jocelyn Silvester, Helen Silvester, Barbara Paterson, Pat Wilson, Pat Brock and Judy Silvester.


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