In Memoriam: Edith Hayman

Author: Jean Wong/Friday, March 6, 2020/Categories: Latest News

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Remembering Edith Hayman's impact on the Canadian Badminton Community

Badminton Ontario is saddened to announce the passing of one of the most esteemed members of our community, Edith Hayman. First and foremost, everyone at Badminton Ontario would like to extend their condolences to Edith’s family and friends, and the numerous of badminton player's that she impacted. 

Edith’s contribution to Canadian badminton cannot be overstated. Edith started coaching badminton in 1958 and during her time at the Brantford Junior Badminton Club she produced 3 Olympians and 220 National, Provincial, District, OFSSA, and CWOSSA champions. Edith also served as the High-Performance Coach for Ontario from 1986 to 1994. Across her illustrious career she garnered many accolades, notably:

  • Canadian Representative at the first World Conference of Coaches 1977
  • Olympic Commemorative medal for Coach of the Year 1987
  • OBA Presidents Award for High Performance Coaching Achievement 1987
  • Brantford Minor Sports Association Sports Woman of the Year 1987
  • Ontario Government Special Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to amateur sport 1987
  • Ontario Government Special Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to amateur sport 1987
  • OBA Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to the sport of Junior Badminton 1988
  • Ontario Teacher’s Federation Coaching Award 1990
  • Canada 3M Coaching Award for a Female Coach in an Individual Sport 1992
  • International Badminton Association Federation Meritorious Service Award 1996
  • Induction to the Ontario Badminton Hall of Fame 2005

Additionally, Edith was a NCCP Master Course Conductor and certified hundreds of coaches for the National Coaching Certification Program.

“Edith was and exceptional person, teacher, and friend. Edith helped people because she loved the sport and loved to teach" said Badminton Canada President, Anil Kaul. “She will be sorely missed, not only by her family and friends, but also by the many people she touched through her coaching, and by the badminton community in Canada.”

Our thoughts go out to all of Edith’s loved ones in this difficult time. Edith will be missed dearly but her legacy will live on through the number of lives she has impacted through her many years of unwavering dedication to the Canadian badminton community.

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