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familiar face missing. LizMcFarlane passed away in late August after a brave and prolonged battle with illness. Liz was a badminton person through and


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through. From her youngest days, she was a committed supporter of the sport in Scotland, not only as a keen and talented player, but as a valued staff member and, later, as a loyal and much-loved volunteer. She was a prominent member at Cairns


Badminton Club inMilngavie since 1954-55 playing competitively in Glasgow and District leagues until recently. She was instrumental in organising junior


coaching at Cairns since 1977-78 as well as serving on various committees and in numerous roles for the club. She was also a long-term member of the executive committee of the Glasgow and District Churches’ Badminton League, undertaking numerous roles since 1970. Additionally, she was a member of Clober


Badminton Club and represented them in the Association of Badminton Clubs League – known as the ABC league. Many other players may have stopped there, but Liz was also a member of the Hotspur Club as far back as the early 1960s, before she was married, and played in theWest of Scotland League. Not only was Liz a keen player in the


Churches’ League, but she performed on the international stage too. In 2002 she went to Australia and East Asia to compete in the 2002 ASPACMASTERS, playing with Jim Clark from Dumfries, competing in the team event and


HEN the Scottish Open Grand Prix gets under way, there will be one


badminton


Farewell to Liz,atrue friendof


bringing back a gold medal. Liz also loved playing in the ScottishMasters


Championships, and was one of the few players who played in the tournament every single year since the event began. On the professional side of the sport, Liz was


the first part-time employee of the Scottish Badminton Union, now BADMINTONscotland. Initially she was based in an office in Royal Terrace, Glasgow, which, at the time, was shared by the Scottish Sub Aqua Association. When SBU relocated to Edinburgh, Liz


remained in Glasgow to focus on her family, and playing commitments. However, she later returned to the SBU to work part-time when it re-re-located back to Glasgow. Later in her working life, she worked for


Sir Craig Reedie CBE, current Vice President of the InternationalOlympic Committee, at D L Bloomer and Partners, as his assistant, until her retirement.


Retirement for Liz did not mean giving up her


many and varied interests. Indeed, perhaps she was busier in retirement than before. She remained committed to badminton and


volunteered at many events, in particular the Scottish International as well as five European and twoWorld Championships. Her roles as a volunteer varied, but she tackled them all with aplomb: from a role in charge of volunteers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to running hospitality at our key events. She always gave of her time willingly and


always wanted to give something back to badminton, which was her passion. Her legacy carries on especially at Cairns Badminton Club where she was an honorary member. Aside from all the above, Liz was treasured by


us all. We will miss her, but have many happy memories and a considerable amount of gratitude for all she did for sport in Scotland.





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