Once again, with great sadness, we announce the death of a former player and committee member, George Mawson.
George’s first involvement with the league goes back to the mid 70’s, when he represented Bishop Auckland in the Mixed Doubles “A” Division and was a key member of the St. John’s Men’s team, who won that league for 7 consecutive seasons following their entry in the 1974/75 season. He later played for Central Mixed, along with his wife Eileen.
George also had a good record in the Handicapped Tournaments, he won the Men’s Doubles with Alan Cole in 1974/75, the Vet’s with Jean Tate, 3 times from 1980 to 83 and the Super Vet’s with the late Nina Brown in 1991/92.
He was a very active member of the League committee, joining in the 1978/79 season and serving through until 1999. Shortly after this he was voted in as a Vice-President.
Also, he had a long involvement with the Durham County Badminton Association, having been elected to the committee in the early 80’s, he later became Chairman, a post he spent several seasons fulfilling until he resigned from the post and the committee in 2002. He was also a qualified umpire and performed at local, national and international levels over many seasons.George leaves behind, wife Eileen, son Richard and daughter Nicola, who all have played in the past for several teams in the league.
Congratulations to Polam Hall School, who competed in the National Schools Championships Finals weekend at Centre Parcs Nottingham over the weekend of May 9th and 10th. Following their first season competing in the D&DBL Ladies division Polam took 8 girls to compete in both Key Stage 3 and 4 events. In KS4 Polam faced Camborne (Cornwall), King Edward VII (Yorkshire) & eventual winners Upton-by-Chester (Cheshire). On Sunday the KS3 team played West Kirby Grammar School (Liverpool), Bournemouth School for Girls, Ecclesbourne School (Derby) & Hymers College (Hull). Overall Polam finished 8th and 9th, a tremendous achievement considering over 1500 schools enter the competition. Their teacher Mr Wilkinson says the competition was "an excellent learning experience" and the girls "should take much confidence int he fact they were able to compete" before adding that they are "looking forward to next year hopefully improving even further and make it to the National Finals again!"
The Darlington & District Badminton League was founded around 1950 and currently has 38 teams representing 14 Affiliated Clubs spanning an area from Wensleydale to Durham.
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